To the horror and disgust of all involved, authorities found 14 children, some as young as eight years of age, living in tiny six by six foot rooms. The emaciated youngsters were being forced to work as slaves for 19 hours a day making Christmas ornaments to be sold in the United States and other Western nations.
Child labor in charcoal production, Brazil. Several pig-iron smelters have been set up in the country to process iron for export, mainly to the European Community. These rely on charcoal production, specially from native woods, to fuel them.
Miko : I believe that consumers are more ethically aware however I think that people don’t necessarily believe they can make a difference and therefore make excuses to buy cheap products. I believe that at present consumers have the power to make change by spending their money in an informed manner and demanding transparency.