Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan

2001, 45 minutes
Producer/Director: Tia Lessin
Executive Producer: Gillian Caldwell
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A garment worker from the Philippines speaks of her initial decision to travel to Saipan to work in a garment factory.

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In order to work in Saipan factories, garment workers have to pay a “recruitment fee” which often absorbs a large percentage of their first year salary.

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Oftentimes garment workers are not paid for full shifts and are coerced into “volunteering” their time in order to increase factory output.

 

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