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Nicole Marie wrote:Actually Haggis... the Northern Mariana Islands issue involving Abramoff and DeLay forces thousand of Asian women into sweatshops by day and the sex industry by night. These women are also forced into abortions on this island that is a US territory. So when OT says the glass house issue, we should look at what our US reps were doing to Asian women.
"Three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines, with a population of just over 80,000, these U.S. territories acquired after World War II are the central locale of a "dirty drama of bondage" that enmeshes disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, House leader Tom Delay. That's because the Marianas (and particularly the main island, Saipan) are also the site of America's most shoddy labor practices. Human "brokers" bring thousands there to work as sex slaves and in cramped sweatshop garment factories where clothes (complete with "Made in the U.S.A." tag) have been produced for all the major brands: Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, The Limited, J.C. Penney, and Wal-Mart. The workers are "paid barely half the U.S. minimum hourly wage," and are "forced to live behind barbed wire in squalid shacks minus plumbing, work 12 hours a day, often seven days a week, without any of the legal protections U.S. workers are guaranteed."
Ms Magazine did a great undercover on this. Please read this article, it highlights the issues best: http://www.highbeam.com/library/docfree ... emium=BOTH
Letters have also been posted on the House website about this: http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/marianasupdate.html
” On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island's work force. StarKist's parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi.”
Shapley wrote:The government ..... is not in favour of the changes, and I don't think it is proper to institute them without approval of local government. It is possible to effect reform without drastic measures implemented by a goverment half way around the globe from the problem.
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