How many of us have wondered where do our cherished iPad or iPhone really came from? Like many things these days, even these expensive gadgets are made in China by simple Chinese workers who labor day and night to meet the demand of the hungry Western consumer.
We marvel about how many iPhones and iPads the biggest tech company of all time has managed to ship in one quarter, but at what price? Apparently, the price is a pretty big one, as workers in assembly facilities like the ones owned by Foxconn are producing the devices you love in horrible conditions. Nineteen year old Tian Yu is a good example. At an age when American girls go to frat parties and post iPhone selfies on their Facebook page, the young Chinese girl has already attempted suicide. Why? Because she was worked to death and ironically never received her minuscule pay check.
Yu worked in one for Foxconn facilities 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had no minute to spare, not even to go to launch or to the toilet. Free time was out of the question, the little minutes she had to herself she spent them in bed. So on 17 March 2010 she tried to kill herself by jumping from her dorm window in Shenzhen.
Apple has been made aware of the horrible living and working conditions in the Chinese plants and has publicly asked Foxconn to do something about it. However, as far as we know, it hasn’t provided any money towards this direction. CEO Tim Cook also denounced the practice, but is that enough? He still cashes in a fat paycheck that amounts to $4m per year.
Source: The Guardian
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