Walmart ignores victims of factory fire and sex for McDonalds
Issues in the News:
I. Walmart and Sears aren't going to pay anything to the victims, and their families, who either died or were hurt in the Bangladesh factory fire. More then 120 people died in this factory. WalMart has destroyed jobs in America, almost single handly decimating our manufacturing base that took two hundred years to build. 196,000 jobs were destroyed from from 2001-2006 because of WalMart imports alone.
In fact, an estimated 11% of our trade deficit with China, comes from Wal Mart imports. That does not count their imports from other low wage nations, such as Cambodia and again, Bangladesh.
So WalMart won't pay any part of their profits (over $400 billion in revenue in 2010) to these victims and their families. Of course, Sears shouldn't be left out of the blame on this issue. So shame to both Wal Mart and Sears for their horrible conduct. These workers died in factory conditions that would be completely illegal in the U.S., but we allow products made there to be imported into the U.S.? That doesn't make any sense. It is time that Americans stood up to these giant corporations.
II. A man's life is ruined in New Mexico because he traded his McDonald's food for sex. Police in Albuquerque followed the man after he picked up a woman in an area known for prostitution. Seems they went and bought food as a drive thru at a McDonalds and then went to a local park. They were found by police with her pulling up her pants. He admitted that he traded food for sex. Frankly, the guy is an idiot.
But first of all, prostitution should be legalized and regulated. There has not been one reported case of HIV in legal and regulated brothels in Nevada. Condoms are mandated, there, but not of course in illegal blackmarket prostitution.
It is Puritian religious fundamentalism that leads to blanket bans on regulated prostitution, driving people like this man (who will probably lose his car, vehicle and wife if he has one) to street workers. The street prostitute of course has a higher risk of being abused or beaten up, because of the prohibition. Just like the war on drugs, the war on prostitution makes everything a lot worse.
Zumba fitness instructor Alexis Wright faced criminal charges in New England for having sex with clients. This is an absurd usage of tax and police resources. She though was rightly charged with secretly taping, probably for blackmail, these episodes.
But getting back to this guy telling the cops everything, again, what an idiot. They had only circumstantial evidence and he confessed. I want murders, thieves and rapists to confess to crimes, but I don't care what those who don't harm others, do. If one wants prostitution moved out of the streets, then legalize it. Then those who are arrested for engaging in illegal prostitution, wouldn't have the defense that it was completely illegal.