Yes, unbelievable. We have come to expect laissez-faire in extremis. From the comments.
I do agree with you that it is beyond the capacity of a
nascentdemocratic nation to be able to have sufficient state controls and tools to police and implement the necessary regulation to ensure workers are treated ethically.
Some get it.
Every single piece of clothing made in south Asia has exploitation in it at some degree. It's now impossible to buy something that's sure to be free from this modern form of slavery as every single company that produced clothes locally was driven out of the market or had to adapt and move their production.
There was nothing inevitable about this tragedy, and it certainly wasn't the fault of western consumerism. It was the result of bribery, corruption and poor standards. Stop treating foreigners like children.
In today's world, this should not even be countenanced. And it wouldn't be, if we weren't fixated on an "anything goes" attitude.