Ya Khom Tra Bhi Ho (pill packet), 1990s


This packet of pills is an example of goods sold by the owners of the El Monte sweatshop. The highly priced products kept the workers in debt to the "owners" of the "business."

On August 2, 1995, police officers raided a fenced seven-unit apartment complex in El Monte, California. They arrested eight operators of a clandestine garment sweatshop and freed 72 workers who were being forced to sew garments in virtual captivity. Smuggled from Thailand into the United States, the laborers’ plight brought a national spotlight to domestic sweatshop production and resulted in increased enforcement by federal and state labor agencies. The publicity of the El Monte raid also put added pressure on the apparel industry to reform its labor and business practices domestically and internationally.

Date Made: Late 20th Century1990s

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: ThailandAssociated Place: United States: California, Los AngelesUnited States: California, Los Angeles

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering, El Monte, Work, Sweatshops


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Credit Line: U.S. Department of Justice. Immigration and Naturalization Service

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0268.22Accession Number: 1997.0268Catalog Number: 1997.0268.22

Object Name: Packet

Measurements: overall: 3 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 8.89 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-e777-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_880958

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