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The smartphone industry tops list of companies that support slavery

Buying a new phone has its consequences

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Smartphones don’t grow on trees. Like everything else in this world, our precious marvels of technology have to come somewhere. Unfortunately, that “somewhere” is systematically oppressed by unsafe working conditions.

Inarguably, the smartphone single-handedly takes the crown as the past two decades’ most disruptive invention. Sadly, its popularity drives a lot companies to seek cheaper methods to manufacture more. Through the net, stories about intolerable factories and work-related suicides continuously surface.

Working in a smartphone factory has never been desirable. In fact, all facets of consumer tech — laptops, tablets, TVs — suffer the same rampant problem.

Throughout the decades, slavery has now evolved into inconspicuous definitions such as this. From data in 2016, the Global Slavery Index estimates that 40.3 million people undergo systematic servitude through sex trafficking, forced labor, and arranged marriages.

Of these, 24.9 million are stuck in forced labor situations. Across the globe, the Southeast Asian region remains a steaming hotpot for this activity.

When it comes to actual sales numbers, forced labor factories have imported a stunning US$ 354 billion in goods. Of the top five goods, the bottom three are commodities. However, consumer tech and apparel rule the top two spots with an iron fist. The garment industry draws in US$ 127.7 billion. Meanwhile, consumer tech sinks US$ 200.1 billion in forced labor goods.

Sadly, our beloved smartphones support the cruelest anti-humanist practice in our history as a species. Across the globe, China and Malaysia are the biggest sources of electronic products at risk of modern slavery.

Thankfully, companies and consumers are slowly taking a stand against these unfair practices. In 2016, humane labor advocate KnowTheChain benchmarked tech companies based on their response against slavery. HP, Apple, Intel, Cisco, and Microsoft top the charts, in that order.

Consumers are even using that same technology to spread awareness on the issue. As mentioned above, the net was instrumental in increasing awareness on modern-day slavery. Currently, organizations are maintaining avenues where witnesses can report these events.

Sadly, without rooting out the actual cause, these issues will still proliferate. While smartphones continue to wow us every single year, a vast chunk of the world’s population will look with pained frowns and empty stomachs.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

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Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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