Published: April 8th 2012April 8th 2012
A teenager in Hunan Province sold a kidney for an i-phone this week. Trafficking organs for luxury goods reveals the priorities of young people born in the current century.
quoted Xinhua news as the original source. It reminds me of the days when American kids would shoot each other over expensive sneakers over 20 years ago.
In 2010 the Foxconn factory
in Shenzhen was in hot water after several employees comitted suicide. A small cluster Hong Hong labor activists started boycotting Apple
products as a result. Electronics are a major drive for retail tourism which has kept Hong Kong's economy afloat since the end of the Asian Financial Crisis
in the late 90s. Hong Konger's are often reluctant to accept the reality that their population of 8 million entirely dependant on mainland tourists
. Like it or not.
In the past two years Apple has given lip service to the reports of mistreated factory workers
, but that hasn't stifled China's addiction to Apple
products produced and sold locally.
Cult fallowing doesn't even begin to describe this twisted producer-consumer relationship.