Re: Human rights don't make the world go round
It has actually been shown that sweatshops were an important part in allowing Hong Kong and Singapore to move from development countries to fully industrialised with a welfare today far surpassing many european countries.
Without the sweatshops to bootstrap growth, the countries most likely would still be stuck without any economy at all.
When it comes to child labour, this might actually sound a bit counter intuitive, but parents generally do not enjoy having to send their children out to work, BUT, the opportunity for them to do so is what keeps the family from starving. Therefore, by banning child labour in underdeveloped economies, you would move hundreds of thousands of families closer to starvation.
As the economy growths, the need for children to work, and sweatshops, will disappear organically.