I have tried to stay out of this discussion, but I would like to make a few comments. First I condemn child exploitation in any form especially when it is done in the name of making profits for the company/shareholders/owner no matter what the company makes or how popular it is. Now I have worked in most countries including China and India, and seen the poverty that exists there, so before we go out and take the livelihood away from the children we have to have something in place to help the families they are supporting, to often people go in close these things down thinking they are doing the right thing and end up leaving families to starve. A better path is to force the companies to reduce the hours the child works while still providing the same pay, but add education for these teenagers so they will have a better future while their families can still eat. I am certain if people in the west were told their gadgets were going to cost 15% more in order to help these kids people would not object. Meanwhile the company should reduce their profit somewhat (we all know Apple could afford to do this as one of the most successful companies can afford to do this).
This is not a time to be talking about which companies do this it is more a time to speak out against it no matter which company does it, because this is wrong but as I stated earlier we should not force them to close but should force them to help those being employed
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