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Your Electronics Are Probably The Product Of Forced Labour

The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The US Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: uncovering “modern-day slavery” by the factories that make electronics.


Apple Says Fewer Illegal Teens Now Building Your iPads

It’s bad enough when overworked Chinese adults are killing themselves and rioting because of our Apple lust — adding kids under 16 is just awful. But Apple says it’s cutting these industrious, exploited kiddos out of the supply chain.


Apple Audit Reveals 106 Cases Of Underage Labour In China

Apple has released its seventh annual supplier audit, and it reveals that one of its suppliers was found to have violated its underage labour policy 74 times. Unsurprisingly, Apple was clear about the consequences of such a problems and has completely severed ties with the manufacturer.


Samsung Audit: No Child Labour, But There Are Other Problems

After a a Chinese labour watchdog fingered Samsung with child labour allegations, the company set to auditing its entire catalogue of factories. Initial results weren’t too great, but now the final results are in. While there’s no evidence of child labour, there are other problems to worry about.


Is It Immoral To Own An iPhone 5?

So many things are made in China: DVD players, handbags, adorable shoes, kitchen gadgets, watches, t-shirts, laptops and more. Some of them are made in happy, shiny factories. Some are born out of deplorable labour conditions that ruin and cost lives. We usually don’t know which is which.


China Watchdog Report: Labour Abuse Extends To More Gadget Factories

Another report from a Chinese labour watchdog suggests that reports of underage and abused employees in the gadget manufacturing industry only scratched the surface.


Samsung Factory Audit Finds Serious Problems, But No Underage Workers

Last month, a Chinese labour watchdog pointed the finger at Samsung for employing and abusing underage workers in its factories. Samsung has since conducted an audit and found no evidence of underage workers — but it does have plenty of other problems to worry about.


Working At Foxconn Is Now Slightly Less Brutal

The Wall Street Journal reports that working conditions are getting better at the embattled Foxconn manufacturing facility where 150,000 Chinese workers assemble iPhones and iPads for the rest of the world. According to the report, wages have risen by 16 per cent, and the probation period before entry-level workers become permanent has been reduced from six months to three months.


Report: Children Abused In Gadget Factories

A new report by a Chinese labour watchdog makes Apple’s Foxconn woes look like a game of spin the bottle, Laptop Mag reports. Untreated injuries? Check. Dangerous workplace? Check. Hitting children and forcing them to stand? Check. This is bad.


The Foxconn Reality: 'Better' Is Still Bad

Week after week we hear Foxconn horror stories, but Apple’s gadget metropolis is just one place inside an enormous country. Detractors say it’s inhumane; defenders say it’s way above the norm. But what does “bad” really mean inside a Chinese factory? Let’s put Foxconn in context.


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