- Workers in the El Monte sweatshop used this spool of white thread with the Juki industrial sewing machine seen in object 1996.0292.29a. The spool was seized during a well-publicized 1995 sweatshop raid and is part of a larger Smithsonian collection of artifacts documenting apparel industry sweatshops, focusing on the El Monte operation.
- 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.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- Late 20th Century
- Physical Description
- plastic (overall material)
- cotton (overall material)
- overall: 4 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; x 12.065 cm x 6.35 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- State of California. Department of Industrial Relations. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
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- Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
- El Monte
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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