The National Labor Committee (NLC) has put out a press release claiming that
Young workers in China who make holiday toys for Disney, Hasbro and RC2—including Bratz dolls—are suffering from a serious infestation of bed bugs in their dorms. Workers report that their bodies are often covered with red welts from the bug bites, which can easily become infected if the wounds are scratched. A leading entomologist at a major university confirmed to the National Labor Committee that it would be very possible for bed bugs to hitch a ride to the U.S., especially if they hid the cardboard toy boxes.
That’s a pretty alarming idea. I’m not sure how likely this is.
I am seriously worried about sweatshop workers, who the NLC claim are working 96-hour weeks in 95 degree F temperatures and then spending the night with bed bugs in their dorms.