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INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours/Day
Business Insider ^ | 01/15/2012 | Henry Blodget

Posted on 01/15/2012 11:38:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind

We love our iPhones and iPads.

We love the prices of our iPhones and iPads.

We love the super-high profit margins of Apple, Inc., the maker of our iPhones and iPads.

And that's why it's disconcerting to remember that the low prices of our iPhones and iPads--and the super-high profit margins of Apple--are only possible because our iPhones and iPads are made with labor practices that would be illegal in the United States.

And it's also disconcerting to realize that the folks who make our iPhones and iPads not only don't have iPhones and iPads (because they can't afford them), but, in some cases, have never even seen them.

This is a complex issue. But it's also an important one. And it's only going to get more important as the world's economies continue to become more intertwined.

Last week, NPR's This American Life did a special on Apple's manufacturing. The show featured (among others) the reporting of Mike Daisey, the man who does the one-man stage show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the NYT's Nicholas Kristof, whose wife is from China.

Here are some details:

The Chinese city of Shenzhen is where most of our "crap" is made. 30 years ago, Shenzhen was a little village on a river. Now it's a city of 13 million people--bigger than New York.

Foxconn, one of the companies that builds iPhones and iPads (and products for many other electronics companies), has a factory in Shenzhen that employs 430,000 people.

There are 20 cafeterias at the Foxconn Shenzhen plant. They each serve 10,000 people.

One Foxconn worker Mike Daisey interviewed, outside factory gates manned by guards with guns, was a 13-year old girl. She polished the glass of thousands of new iPhones a day.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: depopulation; economy; iphone; markets; slavelabot; trade
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1 posted on 01/15/2012 11:38:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
You can read a transcript of the whole show here.
2 posted on 01/15/2012 11:39:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Sweatshops’ are a good thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqtS3sFVy7s


3 posted on 01/15/2012 11:41:15 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

BFLR......


4 posted on 01/15/2012 11:41:50 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SeekAndFind

MORE FACTOIDS:

A Chinese working “hour” is 60 minutes—unlike an American “hour,” which generally includes breaks for Facebook, the bathroom, a phone call, and some conversation. The official work day in China is 8 hours long, but the standard shift is 12 hours. Generally, these shifts extend to 14-16 hours, especially when there’s a hot new gadget to build.

Assembly lines can only move as fast as their slowest worker, so all the workers are watched (with cameras). Most people stand.

The workers stay in dormitories. In a 12-by-12 cement cube of a room, Daisey counts 15 beds, stacked like drawers up to the ceiling. Normal-sized Americans would not fit in them.
Unions are illegal in China. Anyone found trying to unionize is sent to prison.

Some workers can no longer work because their hands have been destroyed by doing the same thing hundreds of thousands of times over many years (mega-carpal-tunnel). This could have been avoided if the workers had merely shifted jobs. Once the workers’ hands no longer work, obviously, they’re canned.

One former worker had asked her company to pay her overtime, and when her company refused, she went to the labor board. The labor board put her on a black list that was circulated to every company in the area. The workers on the black list are branded “troublemakers” and companies won’t hire them.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 11:41:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow! I’m impressed! In this country you can’t get a 13 yr old to take out the trash. j/k sorta


6 posted on 01/15/2012 11:43:03 AM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Waiting for the inevitable tie-in to Bain Capital...oh wait, Apple is a liberal darling...never mind. Please move on, nothing to see here.


7 posted on 01/15/2012 11:45:42 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 23 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: SeekAndFind
iPhones are exempted from the OWS hate list because they like them. They only target things YOU like!
8 posted on 01/15/2012 11:49:05 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And that's why it's disconcerting to remember that the low prices of our iPhones and iPads--and the super-high profit margins of Apple--are only possible because our iPhones and iPads are made with labor practices that would be illegal in the United States.

So, Not only do all citizens of the world have American civil rights, but they are also covered by the OSHA regulations.

9 posted on 01/15/2012 11:52:18 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind

And their bosses are the same folks who regulate against domestic, small businesses here. Attack their precious zoning ordinances against small manufacturing operations in their sparsely populated counties, and do some research on who shows up to fight you.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 11:53:36 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

iGore approves.

11 posted on 01/15/2012 11:57:08 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>Unions are illegal in China. Anyone found trying to unionize is sent to prison.<<

So the Chinese do one thing we should copy.


12 posted on 01/15/2012 12:00:45 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Seinfeld ping.

“Commie! Commie! Traitor to our country! This guy’s spreading propaganda.”

“Get your skinny *ss outta here!”


13 posted on 01/15/2012 12:01:49 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: oldbrowser
So, Not only do all citizens of the world have American civil rights...

Well, they should all have American civil rights. The US Bill of Rights of probably the best expression of the rights of mankind ever written, and we're all of us - no matter what country we were born in - equally children of God.
14 posted on 01/15/2012 12:02:39 PM PST by LonelyCon
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To: SeekAndFind

How about those NIKE shoes that Leroy rioted over last week.

$180 bucks for a pair of Chinese made sneakers that probably cost less than $5.00 to make.

Lots more profit in sneakers sold to idiots, than Ipad ever thought of making.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 12:05:46 PM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
"One former worker had asked her company to pay her overtime, and when her company refused, she went to the labor board. The labor board put her on a black list that was circulated to every company in the area. The workers on the black list are branded “troublemakers” and companies won’t hire them."

That's been done here in the USA for over three decades, and here's a peek at the class of people doing it. They're all quite connected to government debt and all quite socialist, regardless of their various political party and other affiliations. None of them are conservatives, although many of them play conservative on the Internet for purposes of "gatekeeping."


16 posted on 01/15/2012 12:06:34 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So these kids are working 6 or 7 days a week for what looks looks to us to be meager wages. Is that bad? Sounds bad. But consider the alternative: starvation or something close to that. At the minimum it would be back to the farms and back to scratching out a living trying to grow your own food.

Clearly, that is not what they want to do or they would simply quit their jobs and do so.

Read a little history. It was not that long ago in this country when children had to work to survive. We don’t do that anymore. We worked ourselves out of it and so will the Chinese. Give them some time and they will move from the 19th to the 20th century. And maybe, in time, to the 21st.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 12:13:11 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard the show. It is worth listening to. But I did notice that they hedged a little at the end. For instance, the beginning of the show seemed to imply that incredibly under-aged workers are common. But at the end the interviewer admitted that the ones he interviewed were all part of the same small group of friends who happened to come up to him.


18 posted on 01/15/2012 12:20:22 PM PST by wideminded
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To: SeekAndFind

And the alternatives for those teens are...?

From the expired TJIC.com:


Say that we had first contact with some super (economically) advanced aliens.

…and pretty soon they set up factories here.

…and I was offered a job in one of these factories, doing software engineering.

The pay is $400k/year.

The work week is 20 hours long.

The work environment is far better than I’m used to – great internal decoration, well tended plants, a zen-like water garden near my desk, massages every other day.

…and then left-wing alien “sentient being rights activists” started protesting, because I was being forced to work for less than a quarter of the prevailing wage in Alpha Centauri, and my work hours were twice as long as the legal norms in Alpha Centauri, and I didn’t have every mandatory benefits like “other other year off”, and “free AI musical composition mentoring”.

…and then left-wing alien “sentient being rights activists” wanted to make it illegal for my employer and I to contract with each other at mutually beneficial terms.

…then I would be rip shit that some elitist who had never visited me, or knew of my actual alternatives on the ground presumed to decide that I shouldn’t have this opportunity.

Which brings me to my core point: Chinese factory conditions may not be the exact cup of tea for a San Francisco graphic designer or a Connecticut non-profit ecologist grant writer … but they’re, by definition, better than all the other alternatives available to the Chinese workers (or the factories would find it impossible to staff up).

Butt out, clueless activists.


19 posted on 01/15/2012 12:26:12 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: InterceptPoint

I think you are counting on Christian values in non-Christian countries.


20 posted on 01/15/2012 12:32:44 PM PST by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours/Day

.. and some say that's bad?

Protectionists! Anti-free trade, anti-capitalist Commie!

21 posted on 01/15/2012 12:40:29 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t someone do a follow-up after Rebok was bullied into closing one of their plants overseas that employed 14 year old girls as workers?

And didn’t they find that over half of the formerly employed girls became prostitutes in order to survive?

So make your own value judgements — is it better for the children to experience the deplorable conditions described in the article? or to starve because they cannot find work? or to suffer the experience of being a prostitute in a third world country?

This article is a perfect example of propaganda by telling only part of the story to people who do not understand the economics of third world countries.


22 posted on 01/15/2012 12:41:35 PM PST by Mack the knife
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To: InterceptPoint
So these kids are working 6 or 7 days a week for what looks looks to us to be meager wages. Is that bad? Sounds bad. But consider the alternative: starvation or something close to that. At the minimum it would be back to the farms and back to scratching out a living trying to grow your own food. ...

The problem is these kids have jobs at the expense of American workers with the blessing of the leaders of global corporations run by citizens of the world.
23 posted on 01/15/2012 12:43:31 PM PST by aldabra
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To: LonelyCon

Not every country is like the US. One size does not fit all.


24 posted on 01/15/2012 12:45:04 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: InterceptPoint
Read a little history. It was not that long ago in this country when children had to work to survive. We don’t do that anymore. We worked ourselves out of it and so will the Chinese. Give them some time and they will move from the 19th to the 20th century. And maybe, in time, to the 21st.

Exactly.

25 posted on 01/15/2012 12:45:52 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16

Kewl...that's why they're affordable! AND, the kids fortunate enough to get the work now understand what it means to 'work for a living'.

26 posted on 01/15/2012 12:56:31 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Looking at marketshare figure, I see that about twice as many Android phones are built by 13 year olds than iPhones.

Android uses 200% more child labor than iOS! :-)


27 posted on 01/15/2012 12:59:00 PM PST by o2bfree
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Because China at least is smart enough to understand it’s stupid to have a minimum wage regardless of a person’s age....the minimum wage here has killed teenage employment.


28 posted on 01/15/2012 1:01:40 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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Well, they should all have American civil rights.

It is a two sided coin. On one side is rights on the other is responsibility. You must accept both. Some people prefer not to have them. Some people will fight for them.

29 posted on 01/15/2012 1:06:26 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind
Apple guilt.

I ain't got it.

30 posted on 01/15/2012 1:07:48 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And it's also disconcerting to realize that the folks who make our iPhones and iPads not only don't have iPhones and iPads (because they can't afford them), but, in some cases, have never even seen them.

I built houses I couldn't afford to live in either, but was grateful there were buyers who could.

Like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd managed to do to such buyers, the columnist wants to destroy the buyers of cell phones.

Thanks for posting it, it's a reminder to everyone that the socialist mindset is determined to destroy us in any way possible.

31 posted on 01/15/2012 1:10:06 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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Aaaw Crap, I forgot the linky.

MASH HERE

32 posted on 01/15/2012 1:12:57 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s worse, that or our 13 year olds sitting on their butts playing video games. The former will contribute to society, the latter is learning democratic parasitism. Frankly I’d be proud of the kids that work to live.


33 posted on 01/15/2012 1:22:49 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: upsdriver

Youd be surprised at how productive folks can become when they are hungry and want to eat.

Sooo, UPS driver, You quaking in your boots worrying that the U.S.Postal service will drive you out of bid ness?


34 posted on 01/15/2012 1:27:16 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: SeekAndFind

As horrible as this is, people come to work in the factories because it is an improvement over life back on the family plot.


35 posted on 01/15/2012 1:32:26 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: SeekAndFind

250 years ago our ancestors were going to Nigeria to buy slaves. We owed them more dignity, i.e. freedom than was granted. I think that even without the dignity most were better off picking cotton in LA than having a spear thrown at them in Nigeria. That is, their life expectancy was greater as slaves than as free Nigerians.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 1:46:39 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: SeekAndFind
Unchecked factoid that sounds right ...

Just about everything in America is "hand made"

37 posted on 01/15/2012 1:46:55 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Mack the knife

But American employers who subcontract to foreign countries can have a say in the pay and working conditions of foreign workers. Would you like your 13 year old daughter to have to choose between these slave-like conditions and prostitution? The Bible says something about depriving a worker of their wages as being a sin that cries out to heaven for justice.


38 posted on 01/15/2012 2:31:22 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Mack the knife

But American employers who subcontract to foreign countries can have a say in the pay and working conditions of foreign workers. Would you like your 13 year old daughter to have to choose between these slave-like conditions and prostitution? The Bible says something about depriving a worker of their wages as being a sin that cries out to heaven for justice.


39 posted on 01/15/2012 2:32:51 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Joe Boucher

I’m not too concerned.. I’m retired. :-D


40 posted on 01/15/2012 2:52:08 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yeah, it would be much better if we don't let them work. Then they can turn to prostitution or garbage collection -- the hours are better.

Those countries are poor. We didn't end child labor because we were so much more enlightened than the rest of the world. We did it because we'd become wealthy enough that we could get along without their labor -- and feed them at the same time.

41 posted on 01/15/2012 2:54:02 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was young I helped build a lot of things for others that couldn’t afford. I guess I should have occupied instead, or something.


42 posted on 01/15/2012 3:00:49 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Above should read “that I couldn’t afford”


43 posted on 01/15/2012 3:01:39 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whether you are for this or against this practice the net savings to the consumer is around 10%, at the most. An I-Phone made in the USA would only cost 10% more than the Chinese slave built model.


44 posted on 01/15/2012 3:05:01 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The young people working those conditions are there precisely because they can’t find anything better which will get them fed and housed. Trying to ban the conditions, with the result of making the businesses unprofitable, means that instead of working long hours, they work NO hours and starve to death in the streets.


45 posted on 01/15/2012 3:10:17 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: PapaBear3625

So we offshore our means of production but our “slaves:” don’t starve. The US taxpayer bails them out. When the money runs out there will be a populist revolution here, then we will be communist too. I get it.


46 posted on 01/15/2012 3:19:07 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cool. Thanks kids! I love my iPhones.


47 posted on 01/15/2012 3:26:23 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: central_va

Our dependence on cheap labor (both domestic illegal-alien labor and cheap Third World labor) is hurting our economy. If cheap labor wasn’t available, we would be investing in technology to make stuff.


48 posted on 01/15/2012 5:35:57 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Our dependence on cheap labor (both domestic illegal-alien labor and cheap Third World labor) is hurting our economy. If cheap labor wasn’t available, we would be investing in technology to make stuff.

Not everyone is going to be a professional, most people have an IQ and motivation to do only menial tasks. Our countries labor force of 160 million will either do manufacturing jobs or receive some form of welfare. It is not possible to lament the welfare state while promoting off shoring without looking like a hypocritical idiot. Agree?

49 posted on 01/15/2012 6:57:33 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Agreed. We need to have jobs that under-100-IQ Americans can do.


50 posted on 01/15/2012 7:04:17 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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