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November 11, 2013
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Letter: Not supporting clothing sweatshops or the retailers who use them

Check garment labels carefully

I’m writing this because I recently watched a documentary on an investigative journalism story which left me in tears. It was about a terrible tragedy of a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh. Hundreds and hundreds of women and children died because they were locked in the factory, which had no fire extinguishers or overhead sprinklers.

Much to my dismay, the report stated that Faded Glory garments were found in the ashes, along with the hundreds of bodies. The report continued on with the fact that the name of the retailer and market for these garments, which is the largest family-owned U.S. corporation in the world, was hidden under layers and layers of paperwork.

Not only is there the fact that innocent women and children tragically burned to death in this fire, but it was also brought out that these workers were being paid 18 cents (only eighteen cents!) per hour to turn out these garments. Really?

I have found this to be one of the most abhorrent, egregious acts of taking advantage of a poor country by an American billion dollar corporation. This retailer makes millions of dollars in profits every minute of every day, but it did not take responsibility for the safety of the women and children who make those profits for them.

I’m personally boycotting this store in Roseburg and will never make another purchase from it or its locations throughout this country. Changing labels to read “Made in the U.S.A.” will never make up for this horrendous display of greed and neglect of human rights.

I can only hope and pray the executive officers of this and other U.S. corporations doing the same thing will develop a conscience and change their way of doing business.

Joyce Machado

Oakland


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The News-Review Updated Dec 31, 2013 10:22AM Published Nov 11, 2013 07:52AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.