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Last Updated: Thursday June 02 2005 14:20 GMT

What are 'sweatshop' goods?

Workers in Nicaragua sewing jeans

A sweatshop is a factory where the workers do long hours for low pay, they may have to work in uncomfortable or dangerous conditions.

In richer countries like the UK there are rules that protect workers from being treated badly or paid too little, but this is not the case in many of the countries we trade with.

Lots of cheap clothing that's sold in the UK is a good deal for the customers here, because making it was a bad deal for workers in the third world.



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