ETHICS: Do Americans really care how their clothes are made?

c. Religion News Service 2013

 Reprinted with permission

DHAKA, Bangladesh (RNS) Just two more months, the daughter promised her mother by telephone, then she’d be home for good.

Making shirts in this packed metropolis of 12 million people, Sheuli Akhter, 20, made decent money — about $140 a month — by the impoverished standards of rural Bangladesh. But she missed the family benefiting from the wages of her hard work.

Ranjana Akhter, 35, holds a picture Wednesday of her missing daughter Sheuli Akhter, 20, while standing opposite the ruins of Rana Plaza where Sheuli worked. The building, packed with garment factories on illegally built additional stories, collapsed April 24 in a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. 

Ranjana Akhter, 35, holds a picture Wednesday of her missing daughter Sheuli Akhter, 20, while standing opposite the ruins of Rana Plaza where Sheuli worked. The building, packed with garment factories on illegally built additional stories, collapsed April 24 in a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. Photo by Calum MacLeod/USA Today<br /><p class=" src="http://wilmingtonfavs.wilmingtonfavs.com/files/2013/05/thumbRNS-CLOTHES-ETHICS052013-276x3691-268x359.jpg" width="268" height="359" />Ranjana Akhter, 35, holds a picture Wednesday of her missing daughter Sheuli Akhter, 20, while standing opposite the ruins of Rana Plaza where Sheuli worked. The building, packed with garment factories on illegally built additional stories, collapsed April 24 in a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. Photo by Calum MacLeod/USA Today

Her mother, Ranjana Akhter, was found sobbing near the rubble of the Rana Plaza factory where her daughter worked, days after the eight-story complex collapsed and killed more than 1,100 workers. Viewing dozens of corpses a day, the 35-year-old woman still hoped her daughter had somehow survived.

The victims retrieved from the debris were crushed and unrecognizable in the South Asian heat.

“I am looking for her body, but they are all decomposed now. It’s getting harder to identify,&r