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In China, students were forced to produce iPhone X

In China, students were forced to produce iPhone X

Apple supplier Foxconn illegally hired students to work overtime to build the iPhone X, according to The Financial Times.

Six Chinese high school students say they were forced to work 11 hour days at a factory in Zhengzhou as part of a three-month work experience program.

The students revealed that they were told a three-month stint at the factory was required "work experience" that they had to complete in order to graduate.

One of the students said they were being forced to work there by their school, and the work has nothing to do with their education. It did admit that there was a violation of internal policy, specifically that student interns - who usually range from the ages of 17 to 19 years old- work more than the allowed 40 hours a week maximum.

In response to the accusations, Apple said in statement that during a recent audit, it had found instances of student interns working overtime at one of its supplier facilities in China.

It's even more concerning in the case of Apple as the company has grappled with overseas labor issues for years.

While certainly damning, the report also highlights the need for Apple and its partners to implement additional measures to protect their workers. "They could have stopped these students working night shifts and long hours sooner, but they didn't do that".

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Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

The supplier said the internship program was "carried out in co-operation with local governments and a number of vocational schools in China".

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication. "The work has nothing to do with our studies", she continued, adding that she assembles up to 1,200 iPhone X cameras on a daily basis.

Read the full article at the Financial Times. Both companies said the students were working voluntarily, according to the FT.

The illegal overtime problems are also nothing new.

Of course, this wouldn't be the first time Apple and Foxconn have been called out for their unsavory employment practices - which have historically focused on the schedules and otherwise impure working conditions faced by Foxconn's factory workers in the Far East.