14 Year Old Boy Dies of Overwork; Employer Pays Family USD23,000 in Compensation
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14 Year Old Boy Dies of Overwork; Employer Pays Family USD23,000 in Compensation

(CBN - Global) April 25 -- A 14-year-old boy was found dead in his rented apartment in Foshan, Guangdong Province on April 11. He had been employed at Foshan Zhiya Underwear Co. as a sewing machine operator since March 5, working between 11 and 12 hours every day.

The employer has agreed to pay CNY150,000 (USD23,000) in compensation to the family, according to a circular published by the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Nanhai District, Foshan on April 22.

The boy's mother started working for Zhiya Underwear in February, and the boy joined the company soon after. According to his mother, the boy would spend hours playing on the computer alone in his room after work.

It is illegal to hire minors under the age of 16 in China. Zhiya Underwear was fined an additional CNY10,000 for this infraction by the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau. According to other workers, the company used to have a large number of underage workers, but they were all laid off after the incident.

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