I have a final tomorrow and I need to be able to talk a little bit about globalization and the poverty related to it. I think the question I am trying to work out is how free trade zones are established. I am specifically trying to figure out how sweatshops came about. Why do countries enter into these agreements that have no legal restrictions to protect the workers? Are corrupt (greedy) governments to blame? I have been reading about a garment worker in Nicaragua who earns about $15 dollars a week, but her expenses of living are closer to $30 a week. I don't know how these people survive. Incidentally, the corporation she produces garments for earns several billion dollars in profits each year.