The device you’re using to read this story may have its roots in child labor.
In a society infatuated with tech, we rarely stop to think about how that tech is made. But many of the little parts that make up your favorite high-tech devices, advocates say, lead to a massive global inequality for children.
“These children are suffering life-long problems that are just astounding. And it has to stop.”
“There is gold inside your phone. There is inside the lithium battery. There’s coltan that’s used in the miniature circuitry in your phone,” he tells Mashable. “These are minerals that are being mined in areas where law enforcement and government oversight is very weak — and what you find is that a lot of children end up going to work in these regions.”
Children often work in mines because they’re small, able to squeeze into tiny tunnels to harvest minerals. It’s dangerous work due to unsafe conditions, like tunnel collapses and toxic chemicals in the air.
“It’s not just that it’s child