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International Rights Advocates Group Sues Tech Giants Over Congolese Child Labor

Apple, Dell, Google, Microsoft, and Tesla are in the midst of a lawsuit involving child exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lawsuit uncovers practices that go against child labor laws and have the potential to kill or seriously injure more children. The International Rights Advocates, a human rights organization, initiated a federal class-action lawsuit against the five tech giants, accusing them of exploiting children in their profit-seeking efforts to acquire cobalt. The metallic element is used in the production of lithium batteries, making it of prime value to tech companies. The suit was filed on behalf of 14 children, six of whom were killed during their efforts to mine cobalt. Attorneys argue that Congolese children — barely old enough to attend elementary school — have been employed as full-time cobalt miners, where they are exposed to hazardous conditions and risk life-threatening injuries or death . As reported by ABC, the lawsuit suggests that the...

Dec 24, 2019