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Subject is exactly factories
Photo of Merle Linda Wolin working undercover in the garment industry.

"Sweatshop" - Merle Linda Wolin - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Merle Linda Wolin, then the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner's first and only reporter covering Los Angeles's Hispanic community, went undercover as an undocumented sweatshop worker from Portuguese-speaking Brazil, under the name Merlina de Novais.  Over five weeks, she worked three different jobs, even though she had minimal sewing skills.  She spent the better part of a year reporting the story, including the court proceedings over a suit she brought against one of the employers who refused to pay her. 
Heading of the FIRST Chicago Daily Times article Nell Nelson wrote as part of her series, "City Slave Girls."

"City Slave Girls" - Nell Nelson - Chicago Times [aka "White Slave Girls" - New York World]

Charles Chapin, editor of The Chicago Times, hired Nell Cusak to investigate female working conditions in Chicago's factories.  This 21-part series (published under the byline Nell Nelson) was based on the author's experience working undercover in several Chicago factories.  Nelson named specific factories and managers she encountered, detailing the working conditions after spending only a brief time in each factory. 
Nellie Bly's article "Nellie Bly as a Mesmerist," written for The New York World in 1888. Complete with multiple visuals.

Other People's Work: Factories

Reporters going undercover as factory workers in order to expose awful working conditions from 1888 to present.