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Chinese Students Forced into Foxconn Internships

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Imagine this scenario: prior to 2010, a company witnessed three strange deaths and two suicides. Then, when 2010 rolled over, said company played host to twelve suicide attempts on its Longhua campus, ten of which actually resulted in death. Now imagine someone forcing you to work for said company. Even more importantly, imagine that you're still just a 17-year-old student.

Reports from overseas are indicating that up to 100,000 vocational students in the central Chinese province of Henan have been ordered to pack their bags and serve a three-month internship with Foxconn's Shenzhen branch. The students were given the orders on June 17, and were told to be ready to leave nine days later. Students were to comply, or to drop out of school.

Supposedly this forced internship is part of a larger effort by the Chinese government to bring industrial manufacturing to Henan, a rather undeveloped region. Foxconn's plan is to set up shop in Henan and employ somewhere close to 300,000 local residents. Based on the reports, the 100,000 students will come back to Henan and help kick-start that particular branch.

In addition to the students, the provincial government has ordered each town to give up 100 additional 18-to-45-year-old locals for the new Foxconn branch.

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    bustapr , July 2, 2010 12:57 AM
    Oh, their really crossing that line now.

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    Shadow703793 , July 2, 2010 1:02 AM
    jerfleBoycott FOXCONN! This storyline just keeps getting worse. Have they not heard of PR? Is Foxconn ran by the Chinese Republic?

    I'd be glad to do so, however Foxconn makes just too much stuff. For example, CPU sockets, Eithernet ports,etc are built by Foxconn.
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    Eggrenade , July 2, 2010 1:31 AM
    I think that China is much more the problem than Foxconn; Foxconn is just the most visible current example, and not a lot is visible in China
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  • 22 Hide
    bustapr , July 2, 2010 12:57 AM
    Oh, their really crossing that line now.

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    jerfle , July 2, 2010 12:58 AM
    Boycott FOXCONN! This storyline just keeps getting worse. Have they not heard of PR? Is Foxconn ran by the Chinese Republic?
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    Shadow703793 , July 2, 2010 1:02 AM
    jerfleBoycott FOXCONN! This storyline just keeps getting worse. Have they not heard of PR? Is Foxconn ran by the Chinese Republic?

    I'd be glad to do so, however Foxconn makes just too much stuff. For example, CPU sockets, Eithernet ports,etc are built by Foxconn.
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    LORD_ORION , July 2, 2010 1:07 AM
    So did they know this was the plan before they went to school? If not, this is forced labour, and a hefty tariff is in order for Foxconn products to discourage this practice.
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    jerfle , July 2, 2010 1:09 AM
    Shadow703793I'd be glad to do so, however Foxconn makes just too much stuff. For example, CPU sockets, Eithernet ports,etc are built by Foxconn.
    Would be nice though. But yeah I know they are everywhere. Just venting.
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 1:13 AM
    Ran in China, owned by a citizen of Republic of China (AKA Taiwanese). Taiwanese business owners in China have a reputation of being the most cruel/tightass bosses than you can possibly work for. Sadly, there is a ring of truth to this stereotype as seen here in the case of foxconn
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    killerchickens , July 2, 2010 1:17 AM
    I think all the companies that use Foxconn products should slowly boycott them.
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    liquidchild , July 2, 2010 1:21 AM
    ok..I'm not usually a very political guy and if i do weigh in im branded a socialist but have to say this is the exact reason why communism will never work. China will fall just like the USSR did.
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    Eggrenade , July 2, 2010 1:31 AM
    I think that China is much more the problem than Foxconn; Foxconn is just the most visible current example, and not a lot is visible in China
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    Kelavarus , July 2, 2010 1:32 AM
    LORD_ORIONSo did they know this was the plan before they went to school? If not, this is forced labour, and a hefty tariff is in order for Foxconn products to discourage this practice.


    It could have just said "Internship required", thus making it not forced labour. They didn't have to specify WHERE the internship would be, and internships are normal, so it wouldn't be totally out of place.

    But hey, jobs for 300,000 people. I bet a good deal of them will be grateful... At first.
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    stm1185 , July 2, 2010 1:34 AM
    The Chinese now will live with it, when their children get into their teens though, enough will be enough and Blood will flow.
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    braneman , July 2, 2010 1:40 AM
    bring out your sacrifices the computer gods demand BLOOD!!
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    dragonfang18 , July 2, 2010 1:41 AM
    I wonder of the 100,000 will come back from their internship... or how many will be smart/ courageous enough to revolt!
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    liquidchild , July 2, 2010 1:43 AM
    i love the -1 comrade. Who could possibly have a problem with what i said?
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    kinggraves , July 2, 2010 1:47 AM
    To article:
    So this story really isn't Foxconn's fault other than accepting labor, huh? You might want to blame the government on this one, since it seems to be totally cool by Chinese politicians to increase business in a rural area by enslaving the local youth. Foxconn isn't making the Chinese government enslave people. They don't have armed soldiers to send to collect the "new workers". If these people don't want to be treated like slaves, they might want to look into some better leaders.

    To comments:
    If the Chinese don't like Taiwanese, you could always not incorporate yourselves with them. You could probably let those pesky Tibetans free too, always on fire and generally disagreeable as they are.
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    feeddagoat , July 2, 2010 1:49 AM
    liquidchildok..I'm not usually a very political guy and if i do weigh in im branded a socialist but have to say this is the exact reason why communism will never work. China will fall just like the USSR did.


    Then so too will america since China holds most of Americas Debts. Unfortunately the opposite is more likely to happen and is evident in Chinas growth, China through "Communism" doesn't have the welfare or equality attitude that Western countries have. Ultimately it can do what ever it wants to exploit people to help their economy grow. BTW the EU is very communist in its ideals and approach to things.
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    Anonymous , July 2, 2010 1:54 AM
    what the hell. I wonder why google still want to renew their license with china. this is sucks. http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20100701/100661.shtml
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    liquidchild , July 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    saying china holds most of US debt is a over simplification. China is using the same tactics that the american south used to fuel the growth. Slaves revolt, and when they do China will be back to where it was a few decades ago, pushing dirt around with a stick. I bet you anything that China will end much like the USSR did its already started they have a dual country on there hands 700 mill are poor sods while 300 mill live like its 1987 in New York. Its only a matter of time tell the 700 mill want levis too.
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    eddieroolz , July 2, 2010 2:03 AM
    This reminds me of China in the 1960's - I guess we're seeing a return to that now.
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