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Indenture agreement contract, Late 20th Century

Indenture agreement contract, Late 20th Century

Description
This contract is an indenture agreement between Relax Centre Co. Ltd., of Bangkok and 33-year-old Sirilak Rongsak. These indenture agreements obligated the workers to pay 120,000 baht (about $5,000 in 1997) in return for being smuggled into the United States to work for the company for three years, after which they would return to Thailand. This type of contract kept the workers in debt peonage, giving management another form of control over their labor.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Contract
date made
late 20th century
1990s
place made
Thailand: Krung Thep
Associated Place
United States: California, Los Angeles
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 x 8.5;
ID Number
1997.0268.15
accession number
1997.0268
catalog number
1997.0268.15
Credit Line
U.S. Department of Justice. Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Work
Sweatshops
El Monte
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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