micro-shopping: purchase power sends messages

i don't know how many times in the last couple of day's that i've had this discussion with various people, but i am sick and tired of hearing about off-shore manufacturing companies based in north america getting away with eco-murder or human rights violations.

+ a factory in india producing clothing for the gap is raided and 14 children are found working:

"I work from 9 a.m. till about 8 p.m. in the evening," said another boy, who
would only give the name Rahman.

Update 10/31/2007:
I was looking for this article at the time of publishing, however i couldn't recall the name it was under. i am pleased to report i've found it.

+ western glove works' bob silver, an icon in the 'peg on notre dame ave, across from tech-voc, you know the one) is shutting down production, cutting 100 textile industry jobs, and shipping off to china.

"A lot of factors contributed to making (production in Winnipeg) impossible,
including the incredible increase in the dollar," Silver said. "But this is just
not sustainable. Over the last three to five years I have tried everything I
could think of to justify continuation of production... But it is just no longer

In addition to dVb jeans, Western Glove makes about five million pairs of jeans in contract factories in China, Bangladesh, India, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

[cash, martin. "western glove ends 'peg era of making jeans" 10.20.2007. winnipeg free press. 10.31.2007]

have we come so far in north america, know the difference from right and wrong, that we have to expel our production efforts in another part of the world without quality control? would you put your small nephews and nieces, children, or cousins to work in a factory? is this a truly sustainable way of doing things?