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Workplace Issues Today: Philip Morris faces report of child labor

A human Rights Watch report found that tobacco farms in Kazakhstan that supply tobacco company Philip Morris were using forced and child labor. The report found that workers were not paid, forced to work overtime, and that children as young as ten were working in the field. Workers who wanted to leave could not because they would lose their wages, and in some cases employers took away their travel documents. A statement from Philip Morris said that they have taken steps to address the concerns of the report, and said that they were taking the report very seriously.

See Philip Morris warned over Kazakh labour issues,” BBC News Online, Jul 15 2010 (SD)

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