We're All Guilty in 'iPad Suicides'

Foxconn workers work crazy hours to build our toys for cheap
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 11:18 AM CDT
We're All Guilty in 'iPad Suicides'
In this Feb 24, 2010 file photo, a recruiter from Foxconn talks to job applicants outside the factory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province.   (AP Photo, File)

At least 10 young workers at China's Foxconn factory have killed themselves this year, and you could argue that pretty much everyone reading this was in some way complicit in their deaths. Why? Because Foxconn makes products for Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft, Nintendo and more, so odds are that at least some of your gadgets were made there. “It's our job—your job and my job—to help stop it.” writes Farhad Manjoo of Slate.

Like it or not, we couldn't afford any of the gadgets we enjoy if Chinese laborers weren't willing to spend 12 hours a day producing them, in reportedly brutal conditions, for about $300 a month. Apple and company have expressed sorrow over the suicides, and vowed to investigate, but unless we consumers make a fuss, they're just not going to do it. We can't exactly boycott—we'd have to boycott every modern product. But you could, say, shoot an e-mail to Steve Jobs. Sometimes he even responds. (Read more Foxconn stories.)

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