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Barbie’s Betrayal: Corporate International Labour Exploitation

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An article in The Nation December 30, 1996 written by Eyal Press: Barbie’s
Betrayal:The Toy Industry’s Broken Workers.
The article features the US company Mattel, producers of Barbie, Fisher-Price, Disney and Hotwheels Matchbox cars.
Most of their factories and employees are based in Mexico, Indonesia and China where health, safety, and worker rights are unregulated. Workers including woman and children are often abused and
exploited to produce the iconic Barbie among other toys. With only 6000 US employees Mattel is a US company in name only. US corporations are lobbying the US government for foreign governments where labor exploitation is common. Eyal Press believes only a concerted
collective effort not the individual effort can have an impact.

Segment Subject: Barbie’s Betrayal: The Toy Industry’s Broken Workers; Eyal
Press; Mattel; Barbie

Guest Names: Eyal Press

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