Foxconn not alone in Chinese worker abuse
Foxconn gained notoriety with respect to working conditions that allegedly drove some workers to kill themselves. They are the poster company for this abuse but many companies treat their workers in ways that are considered illegal in the West.
It should be borne in mind that standards are minimal in China. For example, construction workers in the West wear steel-capped toed boots whereas 'flip-flops' or sandals are common in other countries including China.
Equally, child labour is common in many developing countries, although some - including VietNam - bans it through legislation. Education is not mandatory in many countries and is frequently charged for so poor families (a) can't afford education fees (b) parents take otherwise idle children to work where they can earn pittances in wages.
Many Western countries manufacture in China, and elsewhere because labour laws permit activities prohibited in Western countries including what we consider abuse/harsh treatment and unsafe working conditions.
The chemicals used in the assembly of Apple, and others, products, as well as the cleaning solvents, are causing health concerns such as bleeding from the nose and other respiratory effects. Ventilation, lighting and machine tool safety are all problematic when measured against Western standards.
The conundrum is that the West couldn't afford to make these products at an 'affordable' price although often the manufacturing cost differentials are simply used to make usurious profits for the importers.
Living next to China, and making frequent trips there, lets me see just how much profits are when comparing Chinese retail prices to European or Canadian retail prices.
Next time you buy the latest electronic equipment remember that others suffered in bringing it to you and the company whose logo appears on the item is making a killing on profit, and not employing either you or your neighbours in the process.