Sweatshops Are "Foreign" Problems
Most consumers think that if they're buying American they don't have to worry about it. But the reality is that over 50% of garment factories in the U.S. are classified as sweatshops by the Department of Labor. Some are found in some surprising places like New York, Dallas, and Miami. The DoL has been running an anti-sweatshop campaign since the mid-90s called "No Sweat" but has received very little publicity for its efforts. While the media will report inhuman conditions in a South East Asian iPod factory, sweatshops are notoriously under-reported when located in the U.S. A New York Times reporter calls it a "grim conspiracy of the poor."