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Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (trading as Foxconn) is the world's biggest maker of electronic components. Its clients include the world's best known electronics and information technology companies, and products manufactured at its plants include iPads, iPhones, iPods for Apple, Kindles for Amazon, PlayStations for Sony and Xboxes for Microsoft. 


Apple supplier Foxconn employing underage interns

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 5:55pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 5:55pm

The company that manufactures Apple’s iPhone says it has found underage interns as young as 14 working at one of its factories in China.

Foxconn Technology Group said on Tuesday the interns were found by a company investigation at its factory in the eastern city of Yantai and were sent back to their schools. China’s minimum legal working age is 16.

Foxconn, owned by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, said it was investigating with schools how the interns were sent to its factory.

The company faced a complaint in August that vocational students were compelled by their schools to work in its factories in China. Foxconn said the students were free to leave at any time.


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Is it really so bad that under-16 interns worked in Foxxconn if they had been willing and eager? There are plenty of youngsters who love to be useful and love new experience. 12-year-old girl selling soda after school on streets would be underage labor. Shall we arrest her parents? The issue seems to me to hinge on "force". But I guess even here a 14-year-old feels he "is forced" to help out, by economic circumstances.


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