Progress: The Great “Pression”

Unemployment rate of Vietnam for the past three years.

Unemployment rate of Vietnam for the past three years.

The basics of economics is when there is high demand of something, then you’re going to need the supply to make it whether that be machinery, materials, or actual workers. Where can you find cheap labor and lots of it? Countries like Vietnam. The idea of cheap labor is appealing to many corporations. Would you rather pay 10 dollars per hours for every worker or 2.50? But on the other side, who can say no to money and promise of a PROMIS(E)ing future? That’s what these workers thought. The traffickers take advantage of the jobseekers, and although the Vietnamese natives are working, they may not be paid nor paid well. In Vietnam, everyone; men, women, and children, is being trafficked; children are forced to street hawk, beg, and work in restaurants in major urban cities of Vietnam. These traffickers know how to play the people. Using basic persuasion skills, they try to appeal to the people’s pathos. I remember visiting Vietnam a couple of years ago and there were children selling some sort of lottery ticket. It’s definitely not hard to say no to cute kids with their puppy eyes in torn, filthy clothing. You hope that the money you give them will better their life but it may not. It’s like back here in the U.S. you hope that when you give a homeless person money you hope they put it to good use; food, water, maybe clothes. While these people have a choice, the children are more than likely working for someone and have to give them their earnings. In recent years, however, I think Vietnam has done a better job with their people and their economy. Continuing to decrease poverty and their unemployment rate, Vietnam has gone from an unemployment rate of an all-time high of 4.5% to 2.44% now in the second quarter of 2015. The poverty rate of Vietnam has an amazing record for being a developing country and achieving the first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for halving poverty over the period 1990-2015. And as for their GDP, Vietnam was worth a high of 186.20 billion in US dollars as of 2014. Fortunately there hasn’t been any prevalent hearing on labor trafficking in Vietnam, which is good, but the fact there is some trafficking means we still need to do something about it. Programs like UNICEF or UNIAP need take a stronger initiative on the issue that natives are not being sent to countries like China, Taiwan, and other contingent countries to be exploited and work without pay.


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