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    Sweatshop Girl

    This is totally heartbreaking. Watch the video.

    BBC News - Sweatshop girl 'has no choice but to work'


    The electricity supply in the sweatshop in the crowded part of old Dhaka where Asma, 10, makes safety pins for a living is so dangerous that the foreman can only turn on the lights using a broomstick.

    "If I use my hands I may get an electric shock," he explains.

    Asma is one of about 10 workers in the dingy factory - in the heart of the crowded and maze-like alleyways of this part of the city - who are under 14.

    Sitting on a bench alongside her co-workers, Asma operates a powerful cutting device in the poorly-lit premises for up to 12 hours a day.

    The safety pins are thinly cut and the machine she operates is cumbersome, heavy and dangerous.

    Despite being blessed with nimble fingers and remarkable manual dexterity, if Asma makes one mistake she could easily lose a finger to the gigantic metal puncher she handles so professionally.

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    This is totally heartbreaking. Watch the video.

    BBC News - Sweatshop girl 'has no choice but to work'
    Wow - sad.

    And people, here, complain that we're too hard on our children by sending them to school and forcing them to study.
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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Wow - sad.

    And people, here, complain that we're too hard on our children by sending them to school and forcing them to study.
    I think the sad part is that anyone in the States or Europe is called poor.
    It's an insult to real poor people.
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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    This is totally heartbreaking. Watch the video.

    BBC News - Sweatshop girl 'has no choice but to work'
    Every economy goes through a period of sweat shops before gaining wealth and good jobs. Maybe her children will do better. Of course they need some public education for the young people.

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    Every economy goes through a period of sweat shops before gaining wealth and good jobs. Maybe her children will do better. Of course they need some public education for the young people.
    The heart of compassion personified...

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    This is totally heartbreaking. Watch the video.

    BBC News - Sweatshop girl 'has no choice but to work'
    You don't work? You don't eat.

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Wow - sad.

    And people, here, complain that we're too hard on our children by sending them to school and forcing them to study.
    I have never heard of someone of mental wellness who has complained that we are too hard on our children by sending them to school. I've heard people complain about what they learn there and that they should learn other things, but never that they "learn too much."

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    The heart of compassion personified...
    hmm, okay; lets pressure all developing nations to pass child labor laws so that her family will slide into deeper poverty and she and her siblings will instead starve to death.

    i'm sure that would be much more compassionate.


    we still don't get it. child labor is the historical norm; whether it be farm work, or helping mom to gather while dad hunts. it's our current developed system in which children aren't put to work at the age of 3 that is the aberration.

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    hmm, okay; lets pressure all developing nations to pass child labor laws so that her family will slide into deeper poverty and she and her siblings will instead starve to death.

    i'm sure that would be much more compassionate.


    we still don't get it. child labor is the historical norm; whether it be farm work, or helping mom to gather while dad hunts. it's our current developed system in which children aren't put to work at the age of 3 that is the aberration.
    More like we got it and realistic knew how many mouths we could provide for. Hence we don't have families of ten anymore.
    On the other hand , yes we are soft. But don't just stop at calling our kids soft, look at the older Americans too. We are often fat, stupid, and lazy with the dream of riding around in an RV going from buffet to buffet.

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    Re: Sweatshop Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    More like we got it and realistic knew how many mouths we could provide for. Hence we don't have families of ten anymore.
    On the other hand , yes we are soft. But don't just stop at calling our kids soft, look at the older Americans too. We are often fat, stupid, and lazy with the dream of riding around in an RV going from buffet to buffet.
    heck yeah i have that dream. i call it 'retirement'; but it involves dinners in different cities... around the world.

    as for family size; it's a shift due to our advancement, you are correct. once children cease to be economic benefits to families and become economic drains, parents will seek to have less.

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