Target: United States International Trade Commission Chairman Irving Williamson
Goal: Demand corporations end the use of child labor
Across the world, millions of children work as cheap, expendable labor. From restaurant cleaners to assembly-line workers that construct basic commercial goods, they are put to use in countries with lax labor laws, most often for the commercial interests of the Western world. Demand that the United States government take action to crack down on the use of child labor in manufacturing goods for US markets.
Children work in sweatshops and factories for little to no pay, in dangerous, unsanitary conditions, for more than 12 hours a day. Born in poverty, many have no option but to go to work to support their families, and industries are able to take advantage of this.
According to the International Labor Organization, child labor results most often from poverty and lack of educational opportunities. It is morally abhorrent to exploit poverty for commercial gain, especially to reduce production costs, as is frequently the case in sweatshops and factories. Many corporations that supply the United States and Europe are notorious for exploiting child labor in developing nations.
The United States must take action to end the use of children in the workforce, including penalizing corporations and companies that do not crack down on child labor in manufacturing operations. Though child labor may not end in developing nations, the United States has a responsibility to ensure that children are not exploited in the manufacturing of its consumer goods.
Dear Chairman Irving Williamson,
Child labor remains one of the most controversial issues facing the developing world. Millions of children are exploited as cheap labor in manufacturing for worldwide corporations despite attempts to end child labor, and the United States continues to profit on the backs of child workers.
I urge the Trade Commission to take a stand and combat the abusive exploitation of children. Companies and corporations should not be allowed to import manufactured goods that used child labor into the United States. Though there is much more that needs to be done to end child labor—it is a symptom of a much more perverse and ingrained problem—the Trade Commission can help this cause by protecting children in developing nations from horrific working conditions.
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