The typical sweatshop workforce is made up of vulnerable people. Often workers have recently migrated to the city from the countryside, or across boarders seeking a better life.
According to the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO), over 150 million people have migrated across boarders in search of work. “Migrant workers contribute to growth and development in their countries of destination, while countries of origin greatly benefit from their remittances and the skills acquired during their migration experience”.
Yet migrant workers, especially undocumented migrant workers, are vulnerable to exploitation. Desperate for work they often end up being forced to accepts exploitative conditions through fear of deportation.