Watchdog group says Samsung manufacturer using child labor

Watchdog group says Samsung manufacturer using child labor
New York based China Labor Watch accused a contract manufacturer for Samsung, HEG Electronics Company of employing children under the age of 16 years old at their Huizhou manufacturing plant. HEG makes mobile phones and DVD players for Samsung.

In their report, China Labor Watch says that through undercover investigations, it found seven children working in the factory. Not only were they working the same long hours as adults, but the kids were only being paid 70% as much as their adult counterparts. 16 is China’s minimum legal working age.

Chinese authorities claim that they have not uncovered any labor law violations. The city of Huizhou says it conducted its own investigation after receiving the report from China Labor Watch and found that two of the seven named individuals were adults and that the other five were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Samsung is sending their own team to inspect the HEG facility, stating that they have not seen any indications of illegal activities in two previous inspections earlier this year.

sources: Bloomberg,



1. wendygarett unregistered

still better than foxconn

4. wendygarett unregistered

and this gave us the reason why samsung product has poor quality recently...

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol There is nothing wrong with child labor. My 4 year old mows my lawn every 2 weeks. lol Nah just kidding, if this turns out to be true then SHAME on Samsung. If this is true, how can this even be possible on 2012? I mean these agencies & people live to find this type of atrocity. You really have to be kidding me. Why do these companies who practice this type of act even think that is an option? Samsung is taking the right steps & are looking into this. If this is happening, it's definitely behind Samsung's back & they will fix the issue ASAP.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

It is unfortunately common in China. And it blows chunks. This report is actually a good few weeks old now. Samsung is going in directly because they found evidence that the "Chinese authorities" were taking bribes from HEG to say everything was kosher. At least, unlike apple, Samsung is trying to be more proactive before it becomes a world wide story about a few dozen suicides, exploding ipad factories, and slave labor. Hopefully they see whats going on directly and fix it. HEG makes things like samsung DVD players and such. They dont make any of samsung's mobile products, those are made in house directly by samsung under comparatively much better conditions than any of these Chinese factories..

29. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

oh remixfa, if Gallito and Taco was still in their trolling form they would eat you and this post ALIVE!!! hahahaha minus the "facts" they would still put Samsung and Apple in the same pot... and mainly tease you about how passionate you were about apple using slave labor... Samsung is doing the same thing... and YES PA definitely waited a few weeks to report this news when it was hot off the press... dont make excuses for them tho remix, it still should be wrong in your eyes...

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. can you find anywhere in my post where i eluded to the fact that it wasnt wrong in my eyes? Its very wrong. Its still not on the level of apple/foxconn wrong though.

13. wendygarett unregistered

Hi mordecai, so nice to see you again :) I really dont understand in China but you're right, I really can't imagine those user is using the device which made by child, it sounds a bit cruel. Samsung factory did this is probably because of the fierce mobile competition (In my opinion). They try to sell very low price to carrier in order to compete without hurting the profit margin. Every companies did this tho. however, samsung ignore the customer satisfaction that child labor with no experience will make the device not function properly. A lot of complaint you can see everywhere (the famous part will be the build quality issue in sgs3) I think samsung should concentrate more on this segment, not just the spec of mobile. I'm sorry :) that I jump to the conclusion of using child labour :)

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are completely ignoring facts Samsung PHONES are made by Samsung in their factories in the phillipines and elsewhere by workers with paid vacations and benefits packages. HEG DOES NOT make samsung phones. They make their lesser electronics.. DVD, Blu Ray players, MP3 players, ect. quit spouting nonsense.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nice to see you too. It’s been a long time, plus I also went on a 10 day long Miami vacation. Lots of fun in the sun. I hope you are doing ok. I know that this type of practice happens in China for the most part, but with all the tech out there & the way the media is now a days, how can China even permit this. Isn't this more trouble & will eventually cost China more money once it's discovered? I mean this is the equivalent to feeding a raw steak to a hungry lion. These agencies out there are salivating to get an opportunity to find some company or country in violation of child labor. To me it just seems very sloppy & very stupid to still do this right now. I applaud Samsung for stepping up & not condoning this type of behavior. Kudos to Samsung. +1

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

samsung mobile products are made by samsung directly. HEG makes DVD players and such.

14. wendygarett unregistered

"HEG makes mobile phones and DVD players for Samsung." the statement copied from the article, did you see the word MOBILE PHONE?? :)

27. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

samsung product has poor quality recently?......LOL.

6. Ooooo

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

Wow, another brainwashed Samsung user. Pity.

12. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

samsung fridge owner prolly

24. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

proud samsung microwave oven owner here. it's already 2 years and still blazing fast and no lags!

25. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Proud MWO owner here, 23 years old and works perfect. The plastic is a bit yellowish and the logo is different. Anyway I hate the cracking plastic back on my Nexus.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this seems to be normal for Asian companies hell if Americans werent so uptight it would be normal here.

30. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yooooo! i'm not supposed to laugh at this but i'm sorry this is funny...

3. MeoCao unregistered

Westerners don't understand reality of child labor. It's way better for many children in China to be able to work in good environment than to be exploited ruthlessly somewhere else.

5. bomariam1

Posts: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

Your right, they don't know about three rest off the world (or even their own homeless kids that fall for drugs).

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

From what I know, in Taiwan you are only required to completed the first 9 grades instead of 12 grades like in the U.S. Therefore, if someone graduated from middle school, they can start working in a factory and their age would be between 16-18. If that's the case in South Korea, that's not illegal then and nothing to worry here.

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I started having a paid job at 14 here in the States, but I had to get a special permit to do so, and there were restrictions regarding what I could do, especially with chemicals (worked as a custodian at my parish church and school, getting it ready for the new school year over the summer as well as cleaning the church and chapel for Masses and other functions). Good experience, and gave mw a stronger work ethic than about 99% of my peers, and also gave me a head start in paying my own way, to the point where my parents weren't paying anything for me by my 16th birthday, including school and room & board, and I was living on my own by 18

18. wendygarett unregistered

Then i'm proud of you :) I'm proud of the seven children mentioned above as well :)

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

good job :) I got a full time job (part time, the rest was under the table) at 15 and have been working my way up the chains ever since. Good thing since I ended up on and off the streets through my teens and signing my first lease the day after I turned 18. Nothing teaches you self reliance better than not having mommy and daddy to crawl back to.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If it's true and Samsung ends up doing nothing about it after a real investigation, then I will no longer buy their products. At least their dvd players and mobile phones.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yup me too. problem is i literally just bought 2 samsung BluRay players like 2 weeks before these reports came out.. grrrrr. ya think you can trust a brand.. geesh.

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...isn't this news from quite a few weeks ago? Not saying it isn't relevant it important, just not new. I believe Samsung has already sent a team or teams to inspect the situations, as mentioned in the article

21. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

and I thought Apple and Foxconn are the cruel ones

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

when samsung has people jumping off roofs and doesnt install required ventilation in their tablet factories to save a dollar... which cause them to explode and kill people.. then you can make the comparison.

26. bomariam1

Posts: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

? An adult kill him self like having a kid working is the same to you!

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