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4 natural rubber-producing countries use child labor, Labor Dept. says

Rubber and Plastics News

Liberia, Burma, Cambodia and the Philippines use child labor in the production of natural rubber, according to a list compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Developed from procedural guidelines published in the Dec. 27, 2007, Federal Register, the ILAB list presents 122 agricultural or manufactured goods in 58 countries that it says are produced in violation of international standards against child labor and forced labor.

Labor Department exposes goods made by child labor

Associated Press

By Sam Hananel

A new Labor Department report identifies more than 58 countries where child labor or forced labor is used to make hundreds of goods — from coffee grown in Colombia to Christmas decorations made in China — that often end up in the United States.

The government wants American companies and consumers to know about the chance these products are made under conditions in which children and other workers are exploited and abused.

Government report uncovers child labor trail in food

By Guy Montague-Jones

A new US Department of Labor (DOL) report has found that slavery and child labor are still common in the production of popular food ingredients like cocoa and sugar.

Commissioned under legislation passed in 2005, the report sought to uncover the scale of the forced and child labor problem and draft a list of goods produced under conditions that violate international standards.

The newly published report has found 122 goods in 58 countries that are produced using child labor, forced labor or both, including cocoa, sugarcane and coffee.

Child, forced labor behind many products: study


By Marcy Nicholson

Children and forced laborers are mining gold, sewing clothing and harvesting cocoa around the world, and India is the source for the biggest number of products made by these workers, a U.S. government report said on Thursday.

The Department of Labor for the first time released a list of goods produced by child or forced labor in foreign countries after Congress told it to compile one. The department looked at 122 products in 58 countries.

Low-Wage Workers Are Often Cheated, Study Says

New York Times

Low-wage workers are routinely denied proper overtime pay and are often paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study based on a survey of workers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.


The study, the most comprehensive examination of wage-law violations in a decade, also found that 68 percent of the workers interviewed had experienced at least one pay-related violation in the previous work week.