Shouldn't we encourage sweatshops in poor (and perhaps rich) countries? When sweatshops close the workers are forced into subsistence farming, hard labour, prostitution, collecting rubbish from the street, or starvation by unemployment. Without sweatshops malnutrition or starvation will soon follow. When the US law Child Labor Deterrence Act was passed round 50,000 children were forced to leave the clothes production industry many resorted to crushing stones, begging, and prostitution. UNICEF's 1997 State of the World's Children study found these jobs "more hazardous and exploitative than garment production."
Surely sweatshops should be encouraged by governments.