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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Child Labor in Alabama Auto Plant

Aug 1, 2022

Excerpts from the Warren Truck Newsletter

An auto stamping plant near Montgomery, Alabama was in the news for violating child labor laws. Called “SMART,” this stamping plant is majority owned by automaker Hyundai, yet it is technically a “separate company.” Reuters reported that in recent years they have employed up to 50 children as young as 12 years old! These children were working so much they could not go to school!

The child labor was discovered when State of Alabama Child Protective Services investigators went looking for a missing young girl. When the young girl was found, the truth of the child labor violations going on at this factory began to be exposed.

Hyundai can pretend they are not responsible for child labor because this is a “separate company.” Is anybody really fooled?