7 Countries With Horrific Sweatshop Situations

7. Turkey

Unsafe working conditions at the Menderes Tekstil factory in Denizli, Turkey resulted in the deaths of four of its workers. On a daily basis, workers are faced with harassment and poor working conditions. They are exposed to the risks posed by sandblasting in order to create the effect of distressed denim, which has led to silicosis among factory workers. During this process, workers fire sand at jeans under high pressure. The sand breaks down into fine silica sand particles and without sufficient protection, workers inhale this which often leads to Silicosis. According to Dr. Tekin Yildiz, ‘as little as two months of work’ in this environment can trigger Silicosis. Labour Behind The Labour has found that 47 former sandblasting operators in Turkey ‘have died as a direct result of sandblasting related Silicosis.’ While the pay is not as low as in some of the other countries on the list, the health risks posed to workers are worrying
7. Turkey