Continuing from my last week post...
I realize that my thoughts on my last post is illegal in all countries. But most of the time some of the children still have to work anyway, and they ended up working in a very unpleasant working environment out in the street or dumpster.
In response to my post I received this link from a mentor. Asia Inspection White Paper on Slavery
I quote one of the highlights from the above link :
“Today, the number of people enslaved worldwide is estimated to be anywhere between 21 and 36 million, 26% of which are children under the age of 18 “
And there are also a post from our own AMC blog (for AMC Blog post click here) that states:
The link in this post states:
“Children should be in school. Not working. They should be learning skills in school that give them opportunities for choice throughout their later life. Working in garment factory at age 13, 14, 15 effectively enslaves an economic class to poverty and low wages their entire life.”
From the 2 two quoted links above you might see there are plenty underage worker that have to works in early age without even having the chances to get proper education for their future.
Different from my own personal case, which occurred back when I was only helping out my family business, and I still had good opportunities to go to school. I have been able to enjoy my childhood. This is unfortunately not the case for all children.
Obviously its not a simple case. I wonder if it would be possible for all those companies that employ underage workers, if they could also undertake to fund the young workers' social contributions such as taking on responsibility for their education, such as scholarships. Additionally needed would be exemptions on their working hours.
There are some companies that give scholarship to students who just complete high-school, followed by some provisions that the person is required to work several years in that company after they finish their studies.
Most companies probably hire underage workers without any considerations of the underage workers' future.
However, there also are some companies that have high sense of social responsibility. And are attracted by becoming vendor for fashion brands in a socially correct way. This might increase customer awareness to different level. They will not thought “oh this brands is sweat shop brands”. They will start to think of the social responsibilities that comes with being associated with that brand.