As this article indicates, there are new sweat shops in the world with low pay and no benefits and they are online.  The companies involved probably don’t see themselves as hard-edged businesses, but they haven’t been called down in public.  What the companies are doing is creating a PR crisis for themselves that will erupt sooner or later.  They could avoid this crisis by taking action now to raise pay and provide some minimum level of protection for their contract workers.  They probably won’t as long as there is no organized opposition to the way they are operating.  One wonders if their public relations staffs accept how they operate without an internal protest.  But then, who listens to PR?

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