I used the "$50 will feed their family for a week" as an example, it's only part of what's changing the web works market. I did not mean to connect "outsourcing" directly with "country." It's important to note that "cheap outsourcing" does not always mean a particular country, although many providers tend to target this as "the problem." I recall one instance of an American provider "stealing" a project with a ridiculously low price . . . and this was mentioned by someone from a poorer economy.
The worst part really is one of trust. There are many mom's out there with very little skill working as "professional writers," college students working under the guise of web development companies, and for an unaware potential client, they may not know that they need to investigate who they are hiring.
What bothers me most is that many clients don't stop to consider **why** someone is asking such a low fee. A good deal of my own work is cleaning up the mess . . . Agreed, it does cut both ways, the stories I have heard really show the dark underbelly of humanity. All this, added up, increases suspicion of legitimate clients and makes it really hard to make an honest living.