This week, BBC Africa Eye released a documentary titled “Racism for Sale,” an investigation by Runako Celina and Henry Mhango into the Chinese video-making industry built on the exploitation of vulnerable Africans. Celina and...
Jul 17, 2014
Following a China Labor Watch report released last week alleging the use of child labor at a...
Nov 1, 2012
The father of a brain-damaged former Foxconn worker sued the world’s biggest electronics manufacturer this Tuesday. Tan Ee Lyn at Reuters reveals the shady tactics played by Foxconn in such worker compensation disputes:...
Oct 16, 2012
Apple contractor Foxconn, which briefly closed its Taiyuan plant late last month after a large worker brawl, acknowledged on Tuesday that it hired underage workers at one of its other China plants. From The Wall Street Journal:...
Jan 16, 2012
Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which shows an 80% drop in underage labour and signs of a new and long-awaited transparency. The company also published a nearly comprehensive list of suppliers for...
Feb 14, 2011
Last month, a group of Chinese environmental organizations criticised Apple for the excessive secrecy surrounding its supply chain, and for its uncooperative response to requests for information. The company’s newly...
May 12, 2009
An investigation by RFA found that underage Uighur workers are being employed by the Taiwanese-owned Longfa Shoe Factory, which supplies shoes for Nike: While the legal working age in China is 16, Nike’s code of conduct states...
Feb 5, 2009
Below are photos of school-aged children peddling newspapers on the streets of Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province. The photos were taken from rednet.cn, which also supplied the captions and commentary, translated by CDT....
May 9, 2008
More details are emerging about the child labor case uncovered recently in rural Sichuan. From the New York Times: China is now investigating whether hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poor children of the Yi ethnic minority group...
Apr 30, 2008
From BBC News: Chinese police have rescued more than 100 village children sold to work as slave labourers in the booming southern province of Guangdong. The children, from the ethnic Yi minority, came from poor families in...
Apr 28, 2008
“Made in China” fame is built upon hundreds of millions of laborers from rural China. But there’s crime and tragedy involved too, according to an investigative report by Southern Metropolis Daily, translated by...
Jul 31, 2007
AP follows up on the Olympics child labor allegations: A company alleged to have used child labor to produce licensed products for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has had its contract terminated, Beijing organizers said Tuesday. In addition, three other companies accused of labor-law violations in a report released in early June have had their contracts […]
Jun 29, 2007
The group of fathers whose children are missing in the brick kilns of Shanxi Province have written a second letter expressing frustration with the long and painful process they have been through searching for their children and decrying the government for their failure to help. Translated by a CDT reader: We are the fathers of […]
Jun 19, 2007
The Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Fairclough interviewed one of the victims of the Shanxi Brick Kiln forced labor case and published a detailed story on how Li Yaokai, one of the first abducted children to “give an extended interview to the foreign press”, got kidnapped at Zhengzhou Railway Station and was transported to Shanxi […]
Jun 18, 2007
ESWN has translated a lengthy investigation by CCTV into the Shanxi brick kiln case, in which the foreman of the kiln is interviewed and describes the beatings of workers “a fairly small thing.” ESWN has also included translations of articles on the case from Southern Metropolis Daily and Southern Weekend. From the CCTV transcript: Feng […]
Jun 15, 2007
CDT partially translated the letter from 400 fathers, whose children have been kidnapped and illegally forced to work as slaves in some brick kilns in Shanxi. An update: a story from Keralanext.com reports that the number of forced laborers and child labor rescued and freed from brick kilns has reached 379. Rescue teams comprising a […]
Jun 14, 2007
From BBC News: More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports. Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said. They acted after media reports claimed that children were […]
Jun 12, 2007
The Christian Science Monitor reports on child labor in China, in the wake of allegations that factories used to make Olympics merchandise are employing 12 year olds: Some observers say that the latest reports represent a weak point in China’s otherwise strong record of enforcing child labor laws – especially at a time when child […]
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