- 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 12-25.
- Sweatshop workers earn as little as ½ to ¼ of what they need to provide for basic nutrition, shelter, energy, clothing, education and transportation.
- In order to meet the basic nutritional needs of their families, sweatshop workers spend between 50% to 75% of their income on food alone.
- Almost 75% of the retail price of a garment is pure profit for the manufacturer and retailer.
- For less than 1% of Nike’s advertising budget, wages could be doubled for all workers making Nike university clothing.
- While the garment industry is notorious for their involvement in the sweatshop industry, they aren’t the only culprits. Common sweatshop goods include tires, auto parts, shoes, toys, computer parts, electronics, and nearly every other kind of manufactured good.
- The U.S. government often gives foreign aid to those same countries whose poverty is directly linked to exploitation by US businesses operating abroad.
- There are probably sweatshops in every country in the world - anywhere where there is a pool of desperate, exploitable workers. Logically, the poorer a country is, the more exploitable its people are. Labor violations are, therefore, especially widespread in third world countries.