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Apple's Underaged Workers Built iPhones, iPods, MacS

Apple, Incorporated employed eleven under aged workers to build its iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh computers last year. An audit of Apple's 102 world wide factories found three suppliers hired under aged workers despite the company's policy. A 24 paged report posted on Apple's website revealed "Apple discovered three facilities that had previously hired 15-year-old workers in countries where the minimum age for employment is 16." Apple maintains that the under aged workers were “no longer in active employment at the time of our audit.”

Apple has suppliers in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Philippines and the U.S. Apple found three incidents of “falsified records” in relation to workers' ages. In addition, 60 facilities overworked their employees, 24 suppliers paid less than the minimum wage, and 57 suppliers neglected to offer all required benefits.

Apple insists they "created extensive training programs to educate workers about their right to a safe and respectful work environment” per Steve Dowling, a spokesman for a Cupertino, California-based Apple supplier said Sunday. Apple also dormitory, medical treatment, and non-discriminatory pregnancy facets as well as created courses for workers to "expand computer and technical skills."

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