Cambodia's sales pitch
But garment factories in Cambodia, one of the world's poorest nations, aren't gloomy pits of Dickensian misery. Instead, Cambodia is seeking to become the rare Third World country to develop economically while treating workers reasonably well. consumers demand more than low prices from their clothing stores.
Cambodia's clothes makers being killed after protesting for a pay rise to make clothes for Nike
Cambodian workers have been demanding higher wages to toil in factories making Gap jeans and Nike trainers but have found themselves on the frontline of a bloody crackdown on dissent by strongman premier Hun Sen.
Months of peaceful protests by opposition supporters demanding new elections have posed little threat to Hun Sen, one of the world's longest serving leaders.
But when striking factory workers began to join forces with the opposition, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) responded swiftly with at least four workers shot dead and dozens wounded by security forces.
Cambodia's boom depends on USA
The streets of this riverside capital are thick with traffic, sport utility vehicles favored by foreign aid workers as well as the more modest cars piloted by locals. Scaffolded construction sites dot the dusty downtown and locals spy Western investment bankers with the enthusiasm reserved elsewhere for celebrity sightings.
Nike Free Run 2 Mens "It seems like a frontier town, with all of the excitement, all of the energy," says Nisha Agrawal, the World Bank's country manager.