ETHICS: Do Americans really care how their clothes are made?

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Ranjana Akhter, 35, holds a picture Wednesday of her missing daughter Sheuli Akhter, 20, while standing opposite the ruins of Rana Plaza where Sheuli worked. The building, packed with garment factories on illegally built additional stories, collapsed April 24 in a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. Photo by Calum MacLeod/USA Today

Ranjana Akhter, 35, holds a picture Wednesday of her missing daughter Sheuli Akhter, 20, while standing opposite the ruins of Rana Plaza where Sheuli worked. The building, packed with garment factories on illegally built additional stories, collapsed April 24 in a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. Photo by Calum MacLeod/USA Today

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (RNS) U.S. retail groups said they could improve worker safety in Bangladesh by conducting more rigorous inspections of their factories. But such vows of reform and promises of a better way have been met with stoic skepticism in the streets of Dhaka.