How Do Sweatshops Fit into Global Production?
U.S. sweatshops produce garments - primarily those that require short delivery times - for the domestic market. Sweatshop operators obtain work as subcontractors on other contractors' large orders or on reorders of popular garments that were originally produced elsewhere. These clothes are often indistinguishable from garments produced in legal shops and can be found in stores ranging from discount houses to fashionable boutiques.
Foreign sweatshops are harder to define. Widely varying standards of pay and workers' rights make it difficult to compare practices in the United States with other countries.