- There are 306 million children in employment between ages 5-17, nearly 20% of all children worldwide.
- Almost 40% of these are involved in "hazardous work," many of them turn to sweatshops.
- 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25. They do not earn enough to provide for basic needs, spending 50-75% of their income on food alone.
- For less than 1% of Nike’s advertising budget, wages could be doubled for workers. Almost 75% of the retail price of a garment is pure profit.
- Still US companies demand low prices from suppliers. Such pressure creates incentive to cheat on labor standards.
- Politicians must also remain confined within policy parameters dictated by global markets and competition.
- Thus the US gives much foreign aid to countries whose poverty is directly linked to exploitation by US businesses operating abroad.
- The world produces enough food to provide every human at least 2,720 kilocalories per day. Yet 1 in 7 people are hungry, nearly all of them in developing countries.
- The wealthiest 20% of the world accounts for three fourths of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%.
- Our society has unwittingly supported what has amounted to plunder of the poorest regions of the world.
I'm working on a slideshow for Pax Americana. During the harmonica solo there will be some scrolling statistics regarding sweatshops, exploitation, and poverty. Here's the song first so you can get a better idea about the themes:
...aaand here are the statistics. Marinate in these for a little while. Go ahead, let them impact you.
NYC-based musician, writer, busker, freegan, revolutionary.