Michelle Tolson is a freelance journalist based in Asia who has contributed to publications such as Inter Press Service (IPS), the Global Post, Women’s Media Center, and the Diplomat about Cambodia and Mongolia. She has also worked on research projects in New York City and Cambodia.
Cambodian garment workers are fighting for a livable wage. Of the
half-million garment workers in the county, 90 percent are women living on about $3 a day, not enough to eat much less afford housing. The majority of textiles exported are destined for brands like Gap and Wal-Mart, as Cambodia enjoys “most favored nation” status with the United States under the World Trade Organization’s free trade agreement.