Governments of developed nations do need to ban the imports of goods created in sweatshops. Sweatshops are a big problem in third world nation because they enable cheap labor and cheap prices. The consumer likes the cheap prices but they should not be at the extent of the kids that work there.
Governments in developed countries should ban the importation of goods created in sweatshops they should use only those services needed within their own country to help better their own economy. Each country needs to provide for their own so that they can grow equally as strong within their economy themselves.
I believe people need to understand the dangers of purchasing goods created in sweatshops and we've been unable to get that point across because people are too concerned about buying and buying good deals. Since this has proved impossible I think it is better for developed countries to ban the importation of goods created in sweatshops. We need to stop upholding these practices.
While there would be some screaming and crying about price hikes for basic goods, I think that this should happen. As a developed country, we are supposed to be more enlightened than the Third World when it comes to abusive work environments like sweatshops. Purchasing such goods should be made illegal.
Sweatshops are providing people with a source if income and a job. Sweatshops are unpleasant places to work, but they are often less unpleasant than the alternative. This is the basic defense of sweatshop working. When people argue against that statement, the question you should as is, “Compared to what?”
First of all, banning the selling of items made in sweatshops will not stop the problem. It will only create an entire new black market of cheap labor made products. Look at alcohol for example. For thirteen years there was prohibition on alcohol in America. Did that stop the distribution of alcohol? No. It increased trafficking of alcohol from countries such as Cuba. Also did you know that according to independent.Org a lot countries in Africa that have a law for no sweat shops or a law for minimum wage don’t crack down on sweatshops or jobs that pay very little. If we were to pass this law those sweatshops in those other countries wouldn't’t stop their sweat shops they would continue and they would illegally give materials to people. My final point to make is sweatshops will die out on their own. A Lot of major companies, such as Nike have stopped making their products in sweatshops because of customer's opinion of Nike products. According to Salon.Com a recent National Consumers League poll, 59 percent of respondents said it is “very important” that the products they purchase are not made in dangerous or unfair conditions, while 94 percent said that the way workers are treated is important to them.
Sweat shop workers face immense hardships, but it is not the place of the US to ensure that every good is not made in a sweatshop. These other countries should be accountable for developing their own business practices, and if the US disagrees they are in no position to criticize.