Link: the Explainer on Sweatshops
Slate’s always-interesting Explainer posts a small but handy note on the problems of overseas manufacturing. How does the Gap know if its clothes are made by child laborers? Michelle Tsai’s answer: it doesn’t. According to Tsai, the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-profit which has exposed a number of sweatshop abuses, is getting set to issue a report damning the entire strategy of inspections, concluding that the incentives for human rights abuses are so profound in overseas low-wage production that inspections cannot hope to uncover most of the serious assaults against human dignity going on. I look forward to reading that report when it comes out and hope you do too. Until then, take just two minutes to read Tsai’s note.