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Girls sorting computer chips
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Working conditions

Girls aged between 17 and 19 sort computer chips. There are about 50 workshops in each village, each employing between 12 and 20 people although the Chinese press has estimated the number of people employed in the sector to be as high as 100,000. The people I met worked nine hours a day, six days a week and would have had a couple of years of elementary education at most. The BAN investigators said the typical wage was about US$1.50 a day. They photographed small children sorting plastic chippings into different colours.
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