Making Sweatshops Even More of a Reality

Everyone knows where their fast fashion clothes are made, but just two short years after the Rana Plaza tragedy many people seem to have forgotten. It's more likely, however, that the joy of buying new things overshadows the knowledge of how those pieces came to be put together. Simply put, we don't like to think about it so we don't.

One Norwegian reality show is looking to change that. Three notable Norwegian fashion bloggers were sent to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work in a sweatshop for one month and truly experience the lives of those who work tirelessly to bring us some of our favorite brands. Sweatshop Deadly Fashion, as the show is named, is just as upsetting as it sounds. The show highlights the horrible living and working conditions of the sweatshop employees. Anniken Jorgensen, Frida Ottesen, and Ludvig Hambro, all 17 years old at the time of shooting, are quite obviously changed by the experience, but what will the global impact be?

Obviously Aftenposten, the Norwegian newspaper behind the documentary, hopes this series will force the terrible reality of sweatshop working conditions into the forefront of shoppers minds and call to action a greater effort to make a change.

Watch the series trailer below, or the entire series with English subtitles on