Over this morning’s coffee I tragically read of the discovery of hundreds of children ages 9-16 rescued from electronics factories in southern China. These children are mostly from the same poor village and their desperate parents sold them, assured their children would be paid enough for their work to send some money home for the rest of the family. Instead the children were paid next to nothing and worked in horrible conditions.
As heartbreaking as this story was to read, I was also strangely reassured that it was the Chinese police and government rescuing the children, not some foreign investigative group. If this means China is becoming stricter about its manufacturing standards that is only a good thing for all its workers.