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Child slaves used to mine for materials common in smartphone batteries




An Amnesty International report alleges that Apple and other smartphone retailers have batteries in their phones which were built using cobalt mined by child slaves.
An Amnesty International report alleges that Apple and other smartphone retailers have batteries in their phones which were built using cobalt mined by child slaves.
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Odds are you own some sort of phone with a rechargable lithium-ion battery, possibly from companies like Samsung, Microsoft and Apple. Those batteries are in a lot of things you might own these days, including hybrid and pure electric cars.

According to a recent report from Amnesty International, a key ingredient in these batteries, cobalt, is often supplied by firms that use child slave laborers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mark Dummett is a business and human rights researcher at Amnesty International and he wrote a report on this discovery. He speaks with A Martinez about the topic.