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In sweatshops around the globe, long hours, poor wages, meager-to-no benefits and miserable conditions have long been the norm. But one apparel company seems intent upon changing all that. Alta Gracia may show that humane clothing production is not only possible, but also profitable. (more)

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Clothing companies and the consumers who buy their products tend to feign ignorance when it's revealed that those products are a bargain because they were made by 10-year-old slaves. That's certainly the case with Gap, which says it was unaware of the sweatshop in New Delhi, India, where children were recently found toiling under deplorable conditions to create clothes bearing the Gap Kids logo.

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An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct. Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage? -- whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

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Ms. Magazine documents quasi-endentured servitude in garment factories in the Northern Mariana Islands--which, because they're a territory of the U.S., labels their clothes "Made in the USA." The surprise: Jack Abramoff facilitated the situation.

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