olivier laude p h o t o
garment factory

Privately owned companies comprise 15% of China's economy. This garment factory, one of thousands in South China, operates exclusively at night due to cheaper electricity rates. Dinner at midnight and the "day's" work begins soon afterwards. These mom and pop operations are in large part fueling the local and national economies but are also fertile ground for abuse and exploitation. Even if the government were to try to regulate and oversee these small companies, the task would likely be impossible to perform, due to the sheer number of such enterprises.

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