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U.S. Hyundai subsidiary caught exploiting child labor

07/25/2022 - 03:53

There have been instances of child labor exploitation exposed at an Alabama-based subsidiary of the South Korean business Hyundai Motor, reports Reuters.

Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), David Michaels, also corroborated this information by referencing the police.

The case is linked to SMART Alabama LLC, a supplier of components to Alabama-based Hyundai North American Headquarter Assembly Plant. According to corporate records, this business is a division of Hyundai.

The first instances of child labor at the company, according to Reuters, were discovered in February of this year after a 13-year-old girl from a Guatemalan family disappeared in the city of Enterprise. It quickly came to light that she had skipped school and worked in the factory instead, along with her brothers, who were 12 and 15 years old.

This was confirmed by the family's father and the neighborhood police, who have already reported the incident to the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

Reuters conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of plant employees, both present and past. They stated, under the condition of anonymity, that the majority of the workers at the plant were children. They also went to the plant to work instead of going to class. It was not made public how many kids were working and under what circumstances.