Child labour, let’s talk about it. It’s bad, I know, but I think I will play devil`s advocate for a while. Some big corporation rolls into a poverty stricken country. They set up a factory and start hiring. Perfect, the cheapest labour comes from children and better yet they have nothing better to do. We offer a kid a job and pay him a few cents a day, maybe even feed him while he is on the job. We take the burden off the family and help the kid bring in a little money each day.
So it still sounds horrible does it? Well let’s take a look at the alternatives at least your kid could become a prostitute or drug mule. They might get paid more for that. Hell, they could stay at home and sit around for sixteen hours a day while they’re not sleeping or go out to beg on an empty stomach. Oh wait, everyone in your town is just as poor and hungry as you are. Everyone is trying to catch a break, but your currency is so devalued compared to the US dollar if you had those five American pennies you could buy a loaf of bread. Doesn’t sound so bad now does it.
Eventually your standard of living has increased and it no longer becomes affordable for Nike to make their shoes in your town. Too bad, but you had a good run. So off Nike goes to the next town to bring up the standard of living there.