Argument: NAFTA incentivizes the exploitation of poor labor laws in Mexico

Issue Report: Free trade


  • Thea Lee and Ralph Nader, The case against free trade; Happily never NAFTER, there’s not such thing as free trade. Earth Island Press, 1993 ISBN 156431694. Chapter 5, pp. 74. – “Mexico has lenient child labor laws, and they aren’t well enforced, 14 and 15-year olds are allowed to work up to 36 hours a week, while the U.S. limit is 18 hours during school season. Children make up almost one-third of Mexico’s work force, according to the Mexican Center for Children’s Rights.”