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Malaysia: Report details plight of migrant workers facing indentured servitude in electronics industry

Author: AFP, Daily Mail, Published on:

“No escape for those stuck in Malaysian 'forced labour'”, 28 December 2014

…Labour activists say…abuses are rife in Malaysia's electronics manufacturing sector, a vital link in a global supply chain producing components for major brands like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Samsung…But at least one-third -- possibly many more -- of Malaysia's 350,000 electronics workers face indentured servitude similar to "modern-day slavery,"…Up to 60 percent of Malaysia's electronics workers are estimated to be vulnerable foreigners from impoverished countries, and Verite said 94 percent of foreign labourers it surveyed had their passports seized…Activists said a key exploitative factor is that many workers are paid and managed by third-party agents, leaving labourers in a grey area that prevents them seeking recourse from factory owners…[refers to Apple, Hewlett-Packard, JCY HDD Technology, Samsung, Seagate, Sony, Western Digital]

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Related companies: Apple HP (Hewlett-Packard) Samsung Seagate Technology Sony