Not to put too fine a point on it, yes. It is our demand for cheap goods and plenty of them the incentive companies to go aboard and seek the cheapest labor force in the countries with the least labor restrictions. A company with less overhead costs can thus sell its products cheap and have a competitive edge. This is what is often referred to as “the race to the bottom.” If we as a society demanded quality and social responsibility over price and quantity then companies would need to respond by bettering conditions. And when I say demand I mean with our dollars such as only buying fair trade certified items. This is the only way we can break this cycle of exploitation.
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