Scotch Brite kitchen scrub sponge, United States, 1989

Scotch Brite kitchen scrub sponge, United States, 1989

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This sponge was sold for inflated prices in the El Monte sweatshop company store. 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.
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Object Name
date made
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United States
Associated Place
United States: California, Los Angeles
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
plastic (overall; wrapper material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 7.9375 cm x 13.97 cm x 1.905 cm
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Credit Line
U.S. Department of Justice. Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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