Low prices that benefit first-world consumers often put the poor at even greater risk. As transnational corporations try to increase profits by reducing costs, laborers in Latin America, Asia or Africa, or here in the U.S. work long hours but are still poor, hungry, and subject to abuse.
Topics addressed include the nature of globalization; how structural adjustment programs work; the use of slave labor; the needs of workers, especially women, for health care, adequate food, and freedom from abuse; and the violence that comes from unregulated work environments.
Gallaghers text, together with photographs, informs us and touches our hearts as he shows how we can make a difference.
Vincent A. Gallagher has spent thirty years researching dangerous work environments and is currently the director of the Romero Center in Camden, New Jersey.