Apple, Google, Tesla profit from child labor in Africa cobalt mines: Lawsuit

December 19, 2019 in News by RBN Staff


Reminds me of Blood Diamond, (Movie).

U.S. pampered children with all their little electronic devices while African children are enslaved to bring in the raw materials to manufacture the Spoiled U.S. Child’s electronics.
Texting and Tweeting to their little friends.

Where is Greta Thunberg on Child Slave labor?
– Steve Elkins


Source: PressTV

In this AFP file photo taken on May 23, 2016 a child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine at a copper quarry and cobalt pit in Lubumbashi.


Several of the US largest technology firms have been accused of profiting from child labor in Africa cobalt mines, a new lawsuit says.

Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Tesla and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, must pay damages over knowingly profiting from African children laboring under brutal conditions, alleges the suit filed by the nongovernmental organization International Rights Advocates this week.

Cobalt is an essential element used in the rechargeable lithium batteries that fuel many electronic devices.

A Google statement said, “Child labor and endangerment is unacceptable and our Supplier Code of Conduct strictly prohibits this activity.”

According to the lawsuit, the companies are “aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children” in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DRC is the second largest African country by area and is reportedly one of the most mineral rich across the globe. It produces many of the world’s minerals, such as 75 percent of the world’s cobalt and 70 percent of the diamonds.

The Britain-based firm Glencore and the Chinese company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt are also targeted in the lawsuit.

Forced by extreme poverty, hundreds of Congolese children have to work as cobalt boom has “brought on a new wave of brutal exploitation.”

Apple said the company is “deeply committed to the responsible sourcing of materials that go into our products.”

Dell also released a statement, claiming that it has “never knowingly sourced operations using any form of involuntary labor, fraudulent recruiting practices or child labor.”