Infants in Sri Lanka work for 58 cents a year
My Vague But True line of clothing is coming out. It's being made by newborns on the island of Sri Lanka. I pay them 58 cents a year. That may sound unfair but I've heard of Sri Lankan toddlers that are doing heavy construction for just a nickel a month. Now, those kids are getting ripped off. You may be shocked to learn that kids who can't feed themselves are handling welding torches but it's just how things are over there. And for the kids that I employ I offer more than just a job. I offer them hope. With the decent wages I pay my workers they will one day be able to afford kindergarten. And of course I pass my savings in labor costs on to you, the consumer.
What's my point? Kathie Lee Gifford's line of clothes at Wal-mart, Nike's AirJordan's and lots of other products we buy were and are made overseas by children because we don't want to pay the price for stuff made by adults. If American adults were making AirJordan's they would cost $300. A head of broccoli would cost $19.95 if Teamsters were picking vegetables. Imagine Postal Clerks out there in the fields picking tomatoes. They would stoop over, pick two or three tomatoes, put up that "Next Window Please" sign, and then take a nap. And if you questioned postal clerks about their work ethic you might flip them out and get shot at. If American crops were picked by American adults food would be so expensive only the very rich could afford to go to a salad bar.
But nobody wants to buy a soccer ball sewn by a two year old who has developed carpal tunnel syndrome before he's out of diapers. The problem is you never know who made what you're buying and under what conditions they are working. So I am going to suggest all price tags have three pieces of information on it: the name and age of the youngest person who worked on that product, their hourly wage and what a can of Coca-Cola costs in that country. For example, the tag on that soccer ball would read "Hung Amongmung, age 18 months. .3 cents per hour. Coke/$1.50." Then you could choose to pay more for the brand of ball made by union workers.
Or corporations could just have less of a profit margin and pay adults to make their product. And one day cows will fly.