Since I started studying in ITAM, I’ve seen plenty of times (for example, in Xavier Sala-i-Martin’s work) an argument that defends the poor working conditions of big multinational companies in poor countries (for example, some countries in Africa).
They say something like this: “their working conditions are really bad, but they’re better than what they had (prostitution, etc)”.
I agree with the fact that their working conditions are now better than what they had but I don’t think that justifies them. I mean, if those companies can pay those workers more so they can live in a more humane and healthy way, why wouldn’t they? I find it really sad how greed changes people.