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Abstract

This paper will concentrate on the local influence governments have had on sweatshop factories in developing countries. Based on the literature reviewed and analyzed, it was important to discuss several topics surrounding government influence. Topics covered in this paper include: the ethics behind sweatshops, workers’ wages and their choices, government responsibility, and then ending with introducing the Framing Theory. This particular theory was useful in part because of the method implemented in this research paper. The Framing Theory is closely associated with media content because it attempts to compare what the media says on a particular topic verse what the audience or other outlets relay. However, it can be used for other types of topics and thus has been used to analyze the perception of government influence on sweatshops. To acquire the necessary data, in-depth interviews were employed and emailed to the participants. Email was the best option due to participants’ access to internet in their country. The findings revealed that governments have a large influence on the sweatshops and its workers. If sweatshops were removed, it would lead to unemployment for many or force governments to engage in legit industries that would generate more income. Moreover, findings highlighted that it is very important to educate the workers on their own rights. Further research needs to investigate how sweatshops affect GDP and learn why the income is not included in the country’s GDP.

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