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19 Feb 2014

Ben Doherty & Sarah Whyte, The Age (Australia)

India's mica mines: The shameful truth behind mineral make-up's shimmer [India]

In the hills of Jharkhand in India, child labourers mine the mica that brings sparkle to the world…industry here is…dependent on a huge unskilled workforce, forced into working for lower and lower prices…work is hard and dangerous. Children working risk snake and scorpion bites, and the hollowed-out caves they mine in often collapse. They suffer cuts and skin infections, as well as respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis, silicosis and asthma…[Refers to Napoleon Perdis, Estee Lauder Companies, Heritage Brands, Merck KGaA - response comments by all are included in the article. Also refers to MAC Cosmetics (part of Estée Lauder), Maybelline (part of L'Oreal). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited L'Oreal to respond, see response below].