Undercover Underwear Buyer

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Author, Kelsey Timmerman, follows his underwear back to their country of origin - Bangladesh - where he accidentally goes undercover as an underwear buyer. He visits factories, sees child labor in action, and meets the folk who made his underwear.

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Undercover Underwear Buyer

  1. 1. 01<br />
  2. 2. My Underwear: Made in Bangladesh<br />02<br />
  3. 3. 2 Questions…<br />03<br />
  4. 4. Where the heck is Bangladesh?<br />04<br />
  5. 5. Who made my underwear?<br />05<br />
  6. 6. One way to find out<br />06<br />
  7. 7. GO!<br />07<br />
  8. 8. My translator Dalton arranged meetings <br />08<br />
  9. 9. Tell them I’m a journalist looking for the factory that made my underwear.<br />Kelsey, I have a better idea.<br />09<br />
  10. 10. Dalton says you would like to place an order for 50,000 units of ladies’ undergarments?<br />Huh?<br />10<br />
  11. 11. That’s how I became an undercover underwear buyer.<br />11<br />
  12. 12. As a big time American buyer I had a free pass into any factory. <br />12<br />
  13. 13. I visited dark factories…<br />…and sweaty ones.<br />13<br />
  14. 14. I saw age-old traditions<br />14<br />
  15. 15. I saw things I didn’t want to see.<br />15<br />
  16. 16. In Bangladesh you must be over15 to work.<br />Are these kids?<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Regardless, not having children make our clothes does not eliminate the reality that millions of children in Bangladesh must work to help support their families.<br />17<br />
  18. 18. I met Arifa<br />Single mother of 3<br />Garment worker<br />18<br />
  19. 19. She earns $24/month<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Some might think that’s enough to get by in Bangladesh…<br />but she spends $15/month on rice alone.<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Still, Bangladesh needs the garment industry<br />*It accounts for 3/4ths of the nation’s exports<br />*Employs women - one of the best ways to eliminate extreme poverty<br />21<br />
  22. 22. In Bangladesh nothing is taken for granted -<br />not a smile... <br />not a laugh…<br />22<br />
  23. 23. not even a single pair of underwear <br />23<br />
  24. 24. What did I learn as an undercover underwear buyer?<br />24<br />
  25. 25. When it comes to clothing…<br />…others make it, and… <br />25<br />
  26. 26. We have it made.<br />26<br />
  27. 27. But we have more in common than you think.<br />27<br />
  28. 28. We hope.<br />28<br />
  29. 29. 26<br />

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