From: Jackson Tn
Specifically, are they paid at least a western minimal wage and work with western safety standards?
It sounds like you think they should be. I might argue that western safety standards are absurdly high and should not be a limiting factor. Similarly imho a minimum wage, if any, must be correlated to the local circumstances, not to this undefined western minimal wage (minimum wage if I understand it varies tremendously in the western world).
My stance is pretty extreme capitalistic but if I had to have some social assurances they'd go about like this...
1. The workers should not actively fear for their lives in the process of executing their jobs. This means I shouldn't have to put my head under the 20ton press to form the part but it doesn't mean that the press has to have four buttons to engage (one for each hand and one for each foot). This also means the employer creates an atmosphere where there a good chance I won't be murdered/tortured/raped/...
2. Minimum wage means the worker can provide for himself the basic necessities. I don't believe a 40 hour per week or less workweek is a human right but maybe I would agree to a maximum 70 hour per week average at a wage that provides the basic necessities. I don't think health care is a basic necessity nor retirement.
Yep, I'm pretty cruel by most people's measure, don't elect me dictator of the world.
Over the years I have hardened my heart toward the sappy liberalism that demands U.S. companies pay a "living" wage in second or third world countries. I do not recall which nation, but in the 90's, in South America, some American company was forced to close down a factory after being crucified in the media for paying workers .65 an hour. Of course after the factory closed...no more jobs at even .65 an hour.
"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."- W.T. Sherman