How Your Cell Phone Secretly Recruits Child Soldiers

Author: Amanda Kloer,, Published on: 17 October 2010

Your cell phone works hard — texting with friends, checking in with family, "accidentally" losing that message asking you to come into work early. But did you know your cell phone may also be responsible for recruiting child soldiers in Congo? That's because the minerals that go into your cell phone, Blackberry, iPhone, laptop, or other mobile electronic device are often mined in Congo. And while the cash electronics companies pay to the mine owners lines child traffickers' pockets, the cell phone that's made with those materials fills yours.

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