Blood is The Real Price of Your Cell Phone
by Sauro on January 25, 2016 - 9:34pm
In the article Is Your Cell Phone Powered by Child Labor? by Hope King, published by CNN on January 18th of 2016, it is shown that important smart technologies companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Samsung were buying electronic components made from minerals that are the result of child labor in low developed territories. To be more precise, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, children from the age of 7 work up to 24 hours straight to collect cobalt in mines. Cobalt is the main mineral used to built batteries for laptop, smartphones, and so on. This harsh environment caused these young workers to suffer from lung diseases but they are also at risk of physical injuries. Furthermore, this intense labor exploits these child as they get paid less than 2$ per day. Even though these “Big Tech” companies claimed to have a zero tolerance policy regarding child labor, most of them are not aware of where their mineral supplies come from. For instance, Microsoft was incapable of assuring that the cobalt used in their electronics was not originally mined in DRC. Needless to say that this situation is unbearable. The international laws on this matter should be strengthen and sanction should be applied.
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