Go buy some cheap t-shirts

When Hla, 19, tried to go back to work seven months ago after having a baby, there were no jobs. Hundreds of garment factories in Myanmar had closed after western fashion brands cancelled orders due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of women jobless.

As lockdown gripped Yangon, her marriage broke down, her husband left, and her father had to sell his trishaw – no longer able to take passengers in the city. Her parents and baby were hungry. Five months ago, she became a sex worker.

No, go on. Go buy a handful of £1 t-shirts. Increase the business at garment sweatshops so as to buy Hla out of sexual exploitation.

And then, when some upper middle class bint at The Guardian clucks and tsks at you about your rape of the natural environment through your fast fashion addiction you can punch her in the mouth.

5 thoughts on “Go buy some cheap t-shirts”

  1. ‘Five months ago, she became a sex worker.’

    M’kay, how is that working out for her?

    ‘her father had to sell his trishaw – no longer able to take passengers in the city’

    Sell it to whom? If the trishaw business was dead, as claimed, no one would buy it. Perhaps a little Guardian writer embellishment?

  2. “when some upper middle class bint at The Guardian clucks and tsks at you about your rape of the natural environment through your fast fashion addiction you can punch her in the mouth.”

    For me, that would be too redolent of sex work.

  3. Christ, this data looks good for Trump. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/22/which-aspect-of-us-economic-inequality-is-most-worrying

    All the news is good, and its full of such as this
    “Between 2018 and 2019, poverty rates declined for all race and Hispanic origin groups shown in Figure 8 and Table B-1. The poverty rate for Whites decreased 1.0 percentage point to 9.1 percent. The poverty rate for Blacks decreased by 2.0 percentage points to 18.8 percent. The poverty rate for Hispanics decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 15.7 percent. The poverty rate for Asians decreased 2.8 percentage points to 7.3 percent (Figure 8 and Tables B-1 and B-5).”

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