Now It’s Jack Abramoff’s Turn to Work in a Sweatshop

You’ve undoubtedly heard that House Dems recently raised the minimum wage, but you may not have heard that the new law also applies to workers in the Marianas Islands, a US protectorate where American textile companies are exempted from tariffs and child labor laws, and even get to stamp “Made in the USA” on their labels. For years, Marianas workers have been treated like dogs, forced to work twelve hours a day, and imprisoned in shanties without plumbing, ringed by barbed wire. Women have been abducted from Asia and forced into sexual slavery, right under the nose of protectorate authorities. Men like former Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski and East Bay Congressman George Miller have fought to reform the appalling working conditions, but each time, Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay killed any legislation that might have made a difference in their squalid lives. But those days are long gone, and the sweatshop workers of the Marianas finally get a measure of justice. Meanwhile, it’s Abramoff’s turn to work in a sweatshop.

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