A few times a year, we like to go on holidays which double as shopping trips. We buy clothes, recklessly, of most of the clothings we are attracted to at first sight.
Majority of us are uncontrollable spenders at Taiwan “Night markets” as their fashion items cost less than a few dollars and are as good as those we see in fashion magazines. It could easily pass for Topshop material. Our short-term material bliss, however, comes at the expense of millions of poorer and more unfortunate migrants out there.
In the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, China, thousand labour away at assembly lines in the Yue Yuan factory in Dongguan, which produces shows for Nike, Adidas, Reebok and countless other popular brands. Most of them get only the minimum wage of about 760 yuan per month, equivalent to about US$2 per hour. Many get even less than that as lax labor laws are readily and heavily exploited by cunning and profit-orientated authorities. Workers are required to work up to 10 hours a day, repeating the same action and are only allowed a maximum of 5 minutes for toilet breaks which require a sign in and sign out sheet. A day off is awarded only every 2 weeks, defiantly flouting the labor rights of migrants. 18 workers at Foxconn have committed suicide so far; it is not surprising to see why.
It does not end here. 7 out of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are