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Sesame Street and K'NEX Investigating Sweatshop in China

July 16, 2008  |  Share

* It appears that K'NEX has had a nine-year partnership with the abusive Kai Ka Toy factory in Shenzhen, China and that the sweatshop factory was somehow certified by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI).  

* K'NEX dispatched its vice president to China on Tuesday, July 15.

* Sesame Street has announced that it is also launching an independent investigation.

(ICTI monitoring has also dismally failed in the past.  See U.S. Senate hearings on October 30 2007, where Senator Byron Dorgan questioned an ICTI representative about the significant problems and inadequacies with regard to their monitoring.) 

* Even so-called "model" toy factories in China have major problems, including excessive overtime, below-subsistence wages and primitive dorm conditions

(See: A Relatively Better Factory, NLC 7/15/2008—regarding the Kai Da-Dongguan Toy factory, which produces for Hasbro, Mattel and Disney)

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