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Worker profile

No. of Women Working in the Maquiladora Industry: 472,423

"In the early days women made up as much as 80% of the assembly plant workforce, today they number close to 60%. While they can legally be hired at the age of 16, it is common for these girl-women to get false doucments in order to go to work at ages as young as 12, 13 or 14." (Mexican Labor News & Analysis, 3/2/1999, v4, no4)

Wages

Minimum Wage Mexico - $3.40 per day vs. US - $5.15 per hour

Example: Hourly compensation costs for production workers in manufacturing Mexico - $1.21 vs US - $17.70

(Global Trade Watch, The NAFTA Index, October 1, 1998)

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