Life On An Assembly Line

“It’s crazy to work so fast all year round to make so many useless things. But I guess as long as the americanos want cheap TVs then there will always be maquilas. But you know at the same time we are exhausting Mexico’s resources, especially its workers. We are wasting human lives. I say: this is too high a price to pay for a job, food, and shelter.’

– Woman working in an RCA assembly plant in Mexico.

* Maquilas are American-owned assembly plants in Mexico

This quote is taken from “Terror Machine”, by Devon G. Pena, who wrote about the lives of female workers, who have become the preferred workers in Third World assembly lines, for their presumed docility.