american_in_lima wrote:That is the nice thing about the world we live in. The buyer gets a choice to enter the store or not to enter the store. I guarantee that the place will be packed with Peruvians.
WAL-MART Costs Taxpayers $1,557,000,000,00 to Support its Employees
* "The Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce estimates that one 200-person Wal-Mart store may result in a cost to federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year - about $2,103 per employee. Specifically, the low wages result in the following additional public costs being passed along to taxpayers:
o $36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches for just 50 qualifying Wal-Mart families.
o $42,000 a year for Section 8 housing assistance, assuming 3 percent of the store employees qualify for such assistance, at $6,700 per family.
o $125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families, assuming 50 employees are heads of household with a child and 50 are married with two children.
o $100,000 a year for the additional Title I expenses, assuming 50 Wal-Mart families qualify with an average of 2 children.
o $108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children's health insurance programs (S-CHIP), assuming 30 employees with an average of two children qualify.
o $9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance."
* The total figure is based on the average $420,750 per-store figure, multiplied by 3700 (the approximate number of stores currently in the United States).
* Source: Rep. George Miller / Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, "Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart", February 16, 2004.
The line between labor rights violations and human trafficking can become blurred and labor rights violations can quickly lead to human trafficking situations. Lance Compa, cites a recent example. Workers that cleaned Wal-Mart stores filed a class action lawsuit for allegedly not complying with a minimum wage, overtime, and health and safety laws. There was also an amended complaint that claimed the company would lock the doors to prevent the workers from leaving the store. All of these actions have to be weighed against the legal definition of human trafficking. While this case is being prosecuted as human trafficking, it is evident how similar cases can develop into modern day slavery.