Apple has admitted in a report on their website that child labor was used in the facilities of some of the suppliers that manufacture the iPhone. The specific locations of the offending factories were not named, but the inspectors that discovered the violation visited facilities in China, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States. They manufacture iPods and iMacs as well as iPhones.
“Across the three facilities, our auditors found records of 11 workers who had been hired prior to reaching the legal age, although the workers were no longer underage or no longer in active employment at the time of our audit,” the report says.
The report says other labor violations were also discovered in some of the locations. More than 60 were requiring workers to work more than 60 hours a week and over a dozen were paying less than minimum wage. 57 were refusing to provide required benefits like maternity leave and other were withholding wages as punishment.
Apple has pledged to insured all of its vendors and suppliers correct any and all violations and adhere to standards in the future.