Housing conditions for maquiladora workers are anything but desirable. Most maquiladora workers are extremely poor, single mothers, or immigrants from other parts of Latin America who cannot afford housing on their maquila salary. The colonias where most of these workers live are located near the Maquiladoras where they work. Housing for these workers tends to be shacks built by them on land that is unclaimed, making for unpredictable living conditions and vulnerability to sudden expulsion. The shacks where most workers live tend to be made from leftover maquiladora materials, and are surrounded by mud, contaminated rivers, and highly polluted/ toxic air.
(original image source: http://amandajanestudio.blogspot.com/p/maquiladora-workers-settlement-tijuana.html) - Edited with FotoFlexer
(Header image source: http://amandafiore.com/articles/)
(original image source: http://slaveryinthe21stcentury.blogspot.com/2010/11/normal-0-false-false-false.html) - Edited with FotoFlexer
Combining the poor working conditions and housing in polluted colonias, studies conducted on the topic have demonstrated a large number of health related issues in maquiladora workers.
Common health issues include but are not limited to: