"In this era of concern for civility,
decency, and family values, sweatshops are repugnant to our moral
core. It is wrong to value fashion when we do not value the people
who make fashion real. . . . Sweatshops reflect too vividly how
we as a nation feel about the weakest among us. And it is such an
'underground' problem that there is no definitive source on how
many sweatshops operate in this country. But we know this: One is
one too many."
- Alexis M. Herman, U.S. Secretary
of Labor, 1997
The bulk of garments made in New York sweatshops
are clothes for working women, large sizes for women and garments
for teenage girls. School uniforms and even Army uniforms also turned
up among the worst labor violators, according to state records.