Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan
Producer/Director: Tia Lessin
Behind the Labels exposes the harsh conditions of the garment industry in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the Northern Mariana Islands of the Pacific. Although the island flies the American flag, it is not subject to U.S. immigration laws, and in 1976 was exempted from federal minimum wage regulations to attract business to the island. Chinese and Filipino women, attracted by the idea of working in "America," pay high recruitment fees to attain contracts to work in Saipan. The result is years of debt. Fees are sometimes as much as $2,000, while women only earn about $350 a year after room, board and fees are subtracted.
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