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Chinese Supplier Gets Dumped By Apple For Fraudulently Using Underage Labor 206

jones_supa writes "Another report from Apple regarding Chinese labor practices surfaces. After conducting its 2011 audits to 339 sites, the company found that cases of underage labor had jumped from 6 to 74 in one year. It was concentrated in a single circuit board manufacturer, which Apple says was willfully conspiring with families to forge age-verification documents. According to a new report, Apple didn't find any cases of underage workers at its final assembly suppliers in 2012, but it plans to continue going deeper into the supply chain to ferret out violators. We are talking about Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co., with which Apple has now terminated its relationship."
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Chinese Supplier Gets Dumped By Apple For Fraudulently Using Underage Labor

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  • Re:My concern... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Tennguin ( 553870 ) on Sunday January 27, 2013 @04:41PM (#42709591) Homepage Journal
    Some other hungry family gets to eat only this time an impressionable and vulnerable child isn't exploited in the process. There is a lot of need in the world, even right here in the United States.
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday January 27, 2013 @05:00PM (#42709719) Journal

    While it is undeniable that a combination of superior machinery and fossil fuels kicked off an era of unprecedented prosperity for humans on average, there are a couple of complicating factors to consider, both boiling down to distribution issues:

    The most obvious one is that child labor(since it is usually cheaper, and since children in the workforce raise the total supply of labor) tends to depress wages and reduce the slice of the industrial prosperity that accrues to the workers(especially in per-labor-hour terms). Certainly, it will generally be the case that a given household will be better off with an additional salary(especially if something prevents one or both parents from working, like being unskilled, infirm, dead, etc.); but workers as a group are better off if children are removed from the labor force, reducing labor supply and allowing children to accrue education and other human capital. Part of the "West lifted themselves out of this" process was precisely the eventual success of the working class and any allies swayed by moral sentiment in legally forcing restrictions on child labor across the board. Since, structurally, such restrictions are essentially a cartel arrangement(since any individual defector will be better off through violating the agreement; but the group as a whole wins if nobody violates it), it more or less had to be done by force of law.

    Second consideration involves looking at whatever conditions in the agricultural sector are sucking so much that a ready supply of child factory workers exists. England had its 'Enclosure Movement', which helped swell the supply of impecunious urbanites. I'm less familiar with the Chinese case; but the disparity between urban and rural conditions there is pretty remarkable.

  • by JaredOfEuropa ( 526365 ) on Sunday January 27, 2013 @05:28PM (#42709895) Journal
    1) Forge your child's birth certificate (maybe bribe a local official, not uncommon)
    2) Send your kid to work at a supplier to Apple
    3) ... (Wait for the Apple labour inspectors)
    4) Profit! (Tuition paid and a monthly stipend for the family)

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