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Workers Collapsing While Making Your H&M Clothes and Puma Shoes: Where's the Mass Outcry?

70 percent of the clothing made in Cambodia is sold in the United States--where's the Foxconn-style outrage over atrocious conditions for garment workers?

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Ying Bun also told me about other "activities to prevent faintings," including the intriguingly named "TV Comedy Show," and a "radio competition for garment workers on the knowledge of Cambodian Labor."

Such solutions may sound like rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship to US consumers, but until you're willing to demand your favorite brands pay more for your clothes - and are willing yourself to double what you pay for cheap fashion to back it up - rearranging deck chairs is going to have to do for now.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a Fulbright scholar, Truthout columnist, and author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (The New Press, 2007) and Hey Kidz, Buy This Book (Soft Skull, 2004). She has written for Good, Snap Judgment, Bitch, the Progressive, The Onion, Feministing, The Stranger, In These Times, The Boston Phoenix, and Tin House. Her work with young women in Southeast Asia has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Make/Shift, Today’s Chicago Woman, Windy City Times, and Print magazines, and on GritTV and NPR’s Worldview. Her latest book, Cambodian Grrrl, is the first in a series on independent culture, globalization, and women’s rights in Southeast Asia.

 
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