What is a Maquiladora?

A maquiladora is a term for factory, specific to the kinds of factories operating under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To activists for improvement of wages and working conditions in the Mexican maquiladoras, or maquilas, the term means “sweatshop”, a factory that has a reputation for exploiting workers with extremely low pay, toxicity in the workplace, systematic abuse like sexual harassment and mandatory pregnancy testing and/or arbitrary methods of disciplining workers.

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