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Tech companies use materials mined illegally by children in Africa
A child mines for cobalt in the Republic of Congo, where Amnesty International alleges major companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Samsung source ingredients for rechargeable batteries.

Illegal child labor runs rampant at mines in the Republic of Congo, where a key ingredient used in rechargeable batteries is often found in popular electronics made by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., HP Inc. and Samsung Electronics, according to a recent report by Amnesty International.

The allegations are just the latest to showcase unfair labor practices in the sprawling supply chains of technology companies. Previous accusations have run the gamut from excessive overtime to unhealthy working conditions and unfair wages that have led to health problems and riots, even deaths.

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