Inside Cambodia's garment industry: The cost workers are paying for cheap clothes
Features Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | october 16, 2014 | 07:11 pm Garments form one of Cambodia's largest exports. And a large chunk of workers in the garment industry happen to be rescued sex-workers. A video recently uploaded on YouTube by VICE reports on how 'many of these women did not want to be rescued at all'. This is not because they want to stick in the sex industry, but because of the poor working conditions in the garment industry and extremely low wages given to garment workers. Many in fact found sex-work a better option of livelihood. According to the report titled From Sex Workers to Human Trafficking: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes, the garment industry employs half million Cambodians and makes up 80 percent of the country's export. Cambodia is said to have a very aggressive anti-sex drive and rescued sex workers are rehabilitated and sent to work in garment industries. However, these workers get a base salary of just $80 a month, not sufficient to run a family. Many workers are 'so desperately poor' that they even take up jobs as sex workers as night, adds the report. Garment workers, who were initially afraid to fight back, are now rebelling because the condition in the industry continues to deter. The video lastly states that we often buy garments from supermarkets wondering how cheap they are. It is because the people making the clothes are severely underpaid. Watch the video here.