On Wednesday, 283 people in Pakistan were killed after two separate fires tore through factories in Karachi and Lahore. Many of the victims were trapped behind locked doors and barred windows, putting a spotlight on Pakistan's horrendous working conditions and lack of government oversight. The Karachi factory, for example, had only one exit because its owner had locked the other doors in response to a recent theft. Many of the victims died from smoke inhalation.
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