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According to a recent report from China Labor Watch, at least 1,000 Chinese school-aged teenagers are being recruited to work long and often illegal hours as “interns” at factories producing Amazon Alexa devices.
According to a report from China Labor Watch, at least 1,000 Chinese teenagers have been working long and illegal hours in a Chinese factory producing Amazon Alexa devices. According to an investigation by China Labor Watch, more than 1,000 children aged between 16 and 18 were employed as “interns” at a Foxconn factory in Hengyang, China.
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Chinese schools were reportedly paid to send students to the factories and teachers encouraged the students to work overtime according to China Labor Watch. Under Chinese law, factories are allowed to employ students aged 16 or over but these students are not permitted to work nights or overtime.
Notes from a human-resources meeting at the factory state: “Night-shift line leaders should check in with student interns and teachers more often, and report back any abnormal situation so that teachers can persuade students to work night shifts and overtime.” If the children refused to work overtime hours, teachers were instructed to file a resignation letter on their behalf.
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One 17-year-old computing student named Xiao Fang started working on the Amazon Echo production line last month, applying a protective film to approximately 3,000 Echo Dots every day. Fang told researchers that her teacher said she would work eight hours a day for five days a week, but since then Fang has worked 10 hours a day for six days a week.
Fang told China Labor Watch researchers: “In the beginning, I wasn’t very used to working...
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