I've taught college level students who aspire to move south to Guangdong (I am at the moment in Canada, but usually more often than not live in China for the past ten years) to work in the factories where people say they are slave labourers. To them... they get basically free accommodations, three squares a day plus fruit and such for snacks, salary, possibility for advancements and in my students cases... a pension. And from what my students have told me, this is the norm. And depending on the company, possible children's education.
The things most people think of when they think of factory workers in China is still around in some parts, but for the most of it, the government is trying to get the country on a different track.
As for the companies that want to lessen their prices... it is not really the Chinese companies that should be in the spot light. It is those that declare that the researchers and chemists recommendations only affect a small number so it is ok. The companies who create these items for China to manufacture are the ones responsible for what goes into things.
Now on the other hand if we want to talk cement drivers in Canada who wanted a little extra time at the coffee shop just adding a little more water into their tanks causing lots of problems in safety when it came to using their loads.
When it comes to sex toys, I buy silicone from a reputable company and pay that price. When I buy jelly or anything that is not a safety rating of 8 or above, that is my choice. Doesn't matter where it is made, that is the choice I have made and the quality and safety of the toy is under question.
So yup. I cannot wait to get home to China, eat the food, use my Evolved Duo made in China, use the lube made in China, and wear the clothes I bought in America that are made in China.
L'grande sigho... I love China 97% of the time. I just wish they had strawberry rhubarb pie.