Sweatshop importation made America
poorer. This is shown in the United
States International Trade Balance
Deficit. In fact, foreign sweatshop
labor exploitation has been national
If I ever get the time to do so, I'll update the stats on this subject.
In 1986, when the Reagan administration and the U.S. Congress opened trade
with China, the average Chinese wage was 24 cents an hour. By 2010, it was
75 cents an hour, for a Cantonese worker. Today, the wage continues to depend
on the region, and ranges from $1.23 in Guangxi to $2.58 in Beijing, according
to the 2013 law that mandated the Chinese minimum wage to equal to 40% of
the average urban wage. Yet, there are reports, such as one from Business Insid-
er, which mark the average Chinese salary at 80 cents an hour. Thus, we again
have inconsistent reporting.
What is known is that there have been worker suicides, threats of collective
suicides, rioting, protests, and physically demanding living conditions. In
addition, Vietnam, with its low wage rate, has become the new China and/or
Bangladesh. This is because the Chinese nation is beginning to be a "service
economy," as opposed to a "manufacturing economy." None the less, it's im-
portant to note that the the Russian minimum wage is approximately $1.04.
Thus, it is projected to become lower than the Chinese wage, should the 2013
Chinese law be observed. Suicides and rioting caused a drastic change in
Chinese labor policy circa 2010/2011, around the time of the Middle East-
ern revolutions and the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement which
had no centralized leader.
The minimum wages of other low-waged nations go as follows:
Sierra Leone: 3 cents an hour. Mali where the French intervened: 27 cents.
Mexico: 61 cents. Vietnam: $90 to $128 per month depending upon region.
The Philippines: 61 cents. Pakistan: 51 cents. Afghanistan: 57 cents.
Armenia: 65 cents. Nepal: 45 cents. Nicaragua: 52 cents. Bangladesh:
Monthly wage went from $38 to $66 recently. The Ukraine: 91 cents
Other minimum wages go as follows, per hour:
Australia: $16.88. Luxembourg: $14.24 France: $12.22 Ireland: $11.09
The UK: $10.02. New Zealand: $11.18 The Netherlands: $10.99
Spain: $5.57 Portugal: $4.19 Taiwan: $3.88. Poland: $2.97
End of preliminary notes.
Americans wear clothing made by overseas sweatshop employees. Americans
buy appliances made in sweatshop nations. In almost every American home,
you will find the phrase, Made in China, more often than Made in USA, no mat
ter what be the category of not-very-durable durable good found in an American
Sweatshop people don't have lives. Nor were they given any appreciable identi-
ty. As a result, sweatshop employees would be found with slit wrists, time and
time again. Eventually came the implementation of the suicide net. Americans
hold sweatshop workers in a living death, be these the workers in Bangladesh,
China, Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, etc. Now, some Americans keep these
workers lodged in this state of slavery out of cowardice, while others do so out
of selfish negligence. Yet, others do so out of greed.
Why would anyone want to rule over a humanity that had its humanity stripped
away from itself? Who wants to rule over a society of humans-made-robot or
humans-made-animal ... or even humanity-turned-zombie? The state of the
people ruled is a reflection on the rulers. The makers of ghettos are ghettos
within themselves, no matter how plush be their domiciles and how high be
their bank accounts. Concerning the greed part ...
The United States does NOT make money from importing merchandise made by
low-waged foreign sweatshop workers. It has been constantly losing through this
type of importation. While Communist Chinese merchandise comes to America,
American dollars goes to Maoist China. So too is this the case with other foreign
nations whose workforce can't afford to buy American products and/or services,
in any type of appreciable, two-way, fair trade, economic traffic. No foreign na-
tion pays the United States to take its merchandise. In fact, Chinese Communist
dictators do not even give Americans a commission for selling their merchandise.
America is not making out like a bandit in a business practice which constitutes
a crime against humanity. There is only a small percentage of Americans make
out like bandits, often sending their spoils to overseas tax havens. Meanwhile,
the rest of America finds itself on the losing end of the steadily diminishing cur-
rency flow, in increments. This chronic loss has been in the trillions of dollars.
This is the trickle-away effect.
A flow of American dollars goes into Communist Dictatorial China, as well to
each of the NAFTA nations, never to return to the States, without America find-
ing itself in an increasing state of treasury bond debt to foreign entities. The
money lost in Republican Party Economics is called the U.S. Trade Balance
DEFICIT. The total deficit for the past 10 years has been $5.929 trillion
(2003 to 2012). The accumulative deficit for the
past 20 years (for goods & services) has been $7.988 trillion (1993 to 2012). For goods
only, the 20 yr U.S. International Trade Balance Deficit has been $9.236 trillion.
That's MINUS $9,839,000,000,000.
All gone. Bye bye. No more. Au revoir. Not even a post card. In addition, sweatshop
workers threatened suicide, on account of the harsh conditions in the compounds that
manufacture the products which go to the United States. This means that Americans
have become unconscionable slave drivers by proxy, all the while destroying their own
|This is 1 yi jiao, Chinese Currency, incidentally|
ducts. That is to say, buying foreign is fine, if foreign occasionally buys American, in
return. Thus, fair trade is a necessity, in order for foreign trade not to result in disast-
er for one of the two trading nations. Fair trade requires a reasonably balanced two-
way street of import and export traffic.
Concerning America, Chinese workers would not have been able to have afforded
American products anyway, beyond wheat products, in Equitable Foreign Trade, ev-
en if America had not ceased being a manufacturer of household consumer products
in significant quantities.
Imagine the trade balance deficit money as dollars flowing through a tube into a pro-
tectionist dictatorship or two ... or three. This costs American jobs. In fact, this en-
tirely prevents the creation of many American mid-size business start-ups.
The Economic Downside Effect of
Foreign Slave Labor Profiteering
Foreign slave labor profiteering achieves the following results:
- Increases an offending nation's international trade deficit.
- Reduces the same nation's gross domestic product.
- Deceases the offending nation's per capita income.
At this point, view the United States trade balance deficit through
the past ten years, in its trade of goods (not services) with China,
U.S. IMPORTS U.S. EXPORTS
from sweatshop China to protectionist China
(This is money paid to China) (This is money paid to the U.S.A.)
2013 $440 billion $122 billion
2012 $425 billion $111 billion
2011 $399 billion $104 billion
2010 $365 billion $92 billion
2009 $296 billion $69 billion
2008 $337 billion $69 billion
2007 $321 billion $62 billion
2006 $287 billion $53 billion
2005 $243 billion $41 billion
2004 $196 billion $34 billion
10yr total: $3.309 Trillion $0.757 Trillion
paid to Slave Labor China paid to an acquiescent U.S.A.
The NET equals: MINUS $2,552,000,000,000 - That's only trade with China.
This is goods only.
The Total Deficit, as is charted below, is MINUS $5,929,000,000,000.
This comprises trade with all nations. This comprises goods and services.
The hypocrisy is that trillions of American dollars stayed in the permanent posses-
sion of the Chinese Communist Dictatorship, in the name of Democracy and
Capitalism, as well as Republican Party Values.
Now, view the total 10 yr U.S. trade balance acct, concerning trade with all nations,
from 2003 to 2012:
Concerning GOODS only GOODS and SERVICES
2012 minus $735 billion minus $540 billion
2011 minus $737 billion minus $588 billion
2010 minus $645 billion minus $500 billion
2009 minus $505 billion minus $381 billion
2008 minus $830 billion minus $698 billion
2007 minus $818 billion minus $696 billion
2006 minus $835 billion minus $753 billion
2005 minus $780 billion minus $708 billion
2004 minus $663 billion minus $605 billion
2003 minus $540 billion minus $490 billion
Total: minus $7.088 261 trillion minus $5.929 trillion
Refer to the following link:
In addition, the total/aggregate U.S. Trade Balance Deficit for only the month
of November 2012 rose $6.6 billion, to $48.7 billion (for that one month only.)
This means that the Trade Gap Rate rose by 15.9%. As I have previously stat-
ed, if this Trade Balance Deficit behavior continues, America will be a political
entity in the history books, compared to the Argentina which, at one time, was
regarded a world power.
Thus ends the mystery as to why millions of Americans had the hardest time
finding employment; especially those of a livable wage.
At this point, repeat after me: "That's a lot of sweatshops."
A Crime Committed upon the Parent
is a Crime Committed upon the Child
and Visa Versa
An injustice thrust upon adults is one that is equally forced upon the children of those
adults. Poverty in the home of the parent is poverty in the home of the child. Sweat-
shop labor imposed upon adults is an evil that also assails children.
'Forced to stand for 24 hours, suicide nets, toxin exposure and
explosions': Inside the Chinese factories making iPads for Apple
And it came to pass, as the first decade of the 21st Century progressed, that right
wing conservative business entities saw to it that religious objects and Christmas
ornaments would be made in sweatshops. The people tagged as the hard work-
ing moral majority negated the purpose for the coming of Christ, doing so in the
name of sacred rites. All the while, they made money on interest-bearing instru-
ments and extremely cheap labor, doing absolutely nothing in the process.
And it also came to pass that no Christmas gift was being made at the North Pole
by elves. Rather, they were being made in Chinese and Bangladesh sweatshops by
severely underpaid workers, some of whom applied razor blades to their wrists, in
order to kill the pain that the Reaganite Moral Majority were collectively inflicting
And it furthermore came to pass, as the 21st Century progressed, that millions held
Christianity in contempt, being that millions were deceived into thinking that Ameri-
can Corporate Predatory Greed was the religion of the Nazarene rabbi who was put
to a Roman death shortly after he drove Money Changers from the Jerusalem Temple.
When the Nazarene entered Jerusalem, the Jews placed palm branches before him.
Within a week, the Romans ended up driving nails into him. Today, the right wing
masters of hypocrisy and greed crucify the Nazarene anew.
Humanity then became enlightened as to what the Protestant Work Ethic really is.
It's the incessant practice of using African slaves, Irish Catholic immigrants, East-
ern European immigrants, Chinese sweatshop workers, and similar victims to do
the Protestants' work for them.
In the words of the woman who was once the premier expert in student loan con-
solidation, "Now, that labor's cheap, human life has become cheap." (in the eyes
of right wing moral majority conservatives.) In the Nineteenth Century, the States
that comprised the Confederate South used local chattel slavery to achieve their
hallowed Protestant work ethic. In the 21st Century, the same States and other
ones used Slavery by Proxy, as in foreign sweatshop labor profiteering. It's the
same Jefferson Davis hypocrisy, done in the name of "States' Rights" and the
"Moral Majority" which is neither moral nor a majority.
Historic fact: In the month of August 2011, the Trade Balance Deficit with
China alone, increased by 7.42%, to $29 billion. This is the statistic for one
month of trading, in terms of goods and services. This was a new record at the
time. In as much, China came out on top for the 304th consecutive month, in
its trading with the United States.
Furthermore, the United States has not had a trade balance surplus in trading
with the Chinese Communist Dictatorship since April of 1986. This amounts
to 28 years of money leaking into a dictatorship, by the billions per month.
America is a leaking ship soon to capsize. It is now the Year 2014. The
United States has gone over 335 consecutive months accumulating a trade
balance deficit, in commerce with China.
Here is the irony: In August 2011, corporate greed breaks a new record, to the
detriment of the 90% of the rest of America. The following month began the
showdown with corporate greed, in the form of the worldwide OWS movement.
FoxNews, in a predictable fashion, defamed the surprisingly peaceful people who
elected to assert their First Amendment Rights. All the while, official statistics
prove that the First Amendment people of Zuccotti Park were generally correct.
Greed has been destroying America all along, and sweatshop importation has
been the vehicle doing so.
Now, the most current news (at the time of this writing) is that the monthly
Trade Balance Deficit,, in trading with China, has decreased (narrowed) in
February and March 2013. In fact, the total U.S. Trade Balance Deficit de-
creased. Yet, it was still woefully significant ... detrimental to the US money
supply. In January, the trade deficit in trade with China was $27.8 billion. In
February, it was $23.4 billion lost to the quintessential sweatshop profiteer na-
tion. In March, the amount lost to a China notorious for its civil rights abuses
was $17.8 billion. Money lost to China, in unfair trade practices, for the first
three months of the Year 2014, in goods alone, was $153 billion.
The Laws Against this Type of Profiteering Were
Already on the Books, in United States Federal Law.
It wouldn't have required any courage for any public figure to have stepped
forth and initiate movements designed to end America's complicity with slave
labor profiteering. This is because laws against it are already on United States
law books, as in Section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act, along with the May 2000
amendment to that act. Both are found in 19 USC 1307. How much does
NAFTA conflict with this?
Despite the Law, Sweatshop Labor
Importation Has Been Rampant
There is a loophole in the 1930 Tariff Act. The law doesn't prohibit the impor-
tation of indentured/slave/convict/forced labor products "which are not mined,
produced, or manufactured in such quantities in the United States as to meet the
consumptive demands of the United States." In addition, there are recent trade
agreements that don't require the enforcement of morally needed international
labor laws. This means that foreign workers stand in direct jeopardy of being
brutally abused, due to no present legal recourse, short of the Nuremberg case
law authority. Plus, there is the allegation that the 1930 Tariff Act is not being
The evidence is publicly evident. Sweatshop labor, forced labor, and plantation
labor is rampant throughout the modern world in general. So, is the use of min-
ors as combat soldiers. Many products made by laborers defrauded of their
wages have been entering American docks and airports for years. It's equi-
valent to receiving stolen property on a grand scale. It has robbed America
of its money supply.
A 2007 National Labor Committee Report on Sweatshop Crucifixes
A 2007 New York Sun Report on Sweatshop Christmas Ornaments
A 2007 News Report Issued by Reuters India on the Christmas Ornaments
Additional Reading Material of Related Topics Includes:
A 2010 MWC News Article Reporting on the
Findings of the National Labor Committee
A 2011 News Article Reporting Disney Factory Sweatshop Suicides
A 2011 News Article Reporting 8 Cent Per Unit Pay for NFL Shirts
Sold at $25 per Shirt: This Translates into 72 to 92 Cents an Hour
A 2012 News Article Reporting on Apple Iphones Being Made by
the Under-aged, in 16 Hour Daily Shifts, at 70 Cents an Hour
A Sweatshop Table of Contents of multiple reports
When You Liberate Others, You Liberate Yourself
A properly paid foreign worker has a way of increasing product demand for
Amercan products, even from a third party nation. For example, properly paid
Chinese workers might only buy from Europe. Increased European revenue
might result in Europe importing more from America, thereby bringing add-
ed income to America. Such a thing puts American workers back to work,
assuming that the level of manufacturing will increase in the United States,
so that workers will be in demand. Such a thing can also enable mid-sized
entrepreneurs to either compete in smaller scaled markets or more easily en-
ter the ranks of subcontractor, simply by virtue of increased demand.
Slave Labor Profiteering is Even an Injustice
to the Citizenry of the Nation that Engages in it
Foreign slave labor profiteering results in unfair advantages over the citizens
of the nation that practices it. This is because those who profit from foreign
slave labor steal economic power from the multitudes, and in the process, they
steal multiple advantages from their fellow countrymen. That is to say, they
cheat in order to get their standing in life, and that is unfair to everyone else.
After all, the average entrepreneur cannot compete with the low wage advan-
tage that these corporations use for their selfish gain, at the expense of the
US Trade Balance Account and the Gross Domestic Product, as well as the
per capita income. Foreign slave labor profiteering, therefore, is even an
act of violence committed against an offending nation's own citizenry.
A Coast to Coast Crime
If you deny that you are part of this practice, simply go into your closet and
read the labels on your clothing. Then go into your kitchen and read the la-
bels on your appliances. Go next throughout your house, your place of work,
and elsewhere, reading the labels on the newer merchandise. If you have any
merchandise from a sweatshop, then the practice of slave labor profiteering
has reached your life.
In addition, if you work for a sweatshop profiteering corporation, you're in-
volved. You are an accessory to the fact. This includes what you find un-
der your Christmas tree.