The Real Toy Story is the name of the photo project work of Michael Wolf, who took pictures at five facilities and their workers in toy factories in China. The production of that country accounts for 75% of toys made in the world and although it is common to see these working conditions, working time and the demands in the run up to December and January these workers make a real modern slaves.
As much as we like Christmas without expect our readers feel guilty for enjoying your free time and presents this year, we believe it is important to take a moment to remember that many of the toys and trinkets that we receive every year really come from people who make them.
In this series of images captured by photographer Michael Wolf in 2006, we see life in a line of toys manufactured in China. Among doll heads, parts and stuffing; workers sleeping under their workspaces; suspiciously young girls seem to be indoctrinated in making these dolls, and is not something we like to think as we walk through the halls filled with toys in centers trade.
After seeing these pictures, it's hard not to feel a twinge of guilt the next time you visit a toy store or see the happy face of a child, to unwrap a Spongebob Squarepants bubbles on Christmas morning ...
Of course, one could argue that by boycotting cheaply made toys in China, we would be leaving thousands of people out of work, but when you compare the wages and working conditions that a Western worker greets a line worker Chinese production, it would be futile to suggest that fair treatment. Factor in the fact that these underpaid workers are putting together toys that will be delivered as gifts to western bright eyed children this Christmas and the whole situation becomes even more perverse.
It's up to us to say whether this is right or wrong, and we must recognize that some of the workers represented here seem in any way afflicted, but the photographs of Michael certainly make us think hard about shopping that we will be doing in this Christmas.
In 2010, the average monthly wage for overtime was $ 240.