No fire escapes.
More than 120 people
- almost all teenage girls - burned to death while making clothes for Walmart, Disney and Sears for the Christmas rush. The ones who didn't burn jumped to their death. Access to and from the building is purposely restricted for fear of theft and union organizers weaseling their way inside.
This is not uncommon. Many developing countries have "FTZ
's" - Free Trade Zones, which are patches of land that are made to attract corporations: No taxes, no unions, no regulations
Young, rural girls are lured into FTZ's with promises of high pay, enough to send back to their families. Instead they're paid barely enough to feed themselves 1000 calories per day, and are routinely abused. Those who protest and try to unionize are often assassinated.
Should you buy Disney for your kid, knowing that someone else's kid had to be abused to make it?
I don't believe consumer choice is the answer to these problems, as most consumers are only able to respond to price, but if you can afford it - consider "MADE IN USA" or second-hand stores next time you shop.
Any other good Made in USA retailers?