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One of the greatest difficulties in discussing the issue of child labor in sweatshops is the fact that coming up with across the board judgments on such an issue does not adequately relate the entire picture of child labor practices throughout the world. In Pakistan, child labor is so rife that fully 75% of all sweatshop laborers are under the age of 14 years of age. Similarly, in other developing nations the figure is far less. oftentimes no even leaving the single digits as far as overall prevalence. However, even the single digits are nothing to be dismissed and still represents a problem that doubtless effects to educational prospects, health, safety, and development of countless tens of thousands of children each and every year. In this respect, the disregard that many shareholders and policymakers of MNCs have with relation to the existence of unfair and immoral sweatshop practices helps to propagate the very worst impressions and practices regarding such a method of production as can hope to be found. The life of the standard sweatshop employee is arguably better than that which would normally be enjoyed by someone else in the same economic system of the country in question. For this reason, many who support the legal and fair employment practice advocate the existence of sweatshops as a way to boost the overall standard of living and job opportunities that would otherwise exist in t a given economic system. In this way, if one considers the fact that emerging economies oftentimes do not have a high level of development and invariably do not have a well trained or educated workforce, one of the best ways for such a system to gain entry into economic development is to engage their workforce within the production front. However, rather than being viewed as a net good for the economy, one can split the difference and consider the developmental effect that sweatshops have for the domestic economy as a type of necessary evil that helps to build the training and workforce base that third world nations so desperately require in order to modernize their own economies and develop a well-trained and agile workforce capable of many means of production.