October 4th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Tracking factory slaves across Asia

By Dan Rivers, Senior International Correspondent

Penang, Malaysia - We traveled to Cambodia planning to tell the story of an escape from modern-day slave labor but what we found were tales of more women trapped in debt-bondage in Malaysia.

In Cambodia, we found the women who had escaped, but we also learned about dozens of other workers stuck in similar circumstances, unable to get home unless they paid off their "debt" to a recruitment agency.

One mother, who we can't name because of her fear of retribution, explained how she had already sold her small landholding to free one daughter from this terrible situation.

She was now desperate to free her youngest daughter, age 22, who we've called Chanary to protect her identity.

We approached the agency, which had recruited both Chanary and the other women, and after initially inviting us into their compound for an interview, we suddenly found we'd been locked in. I was genuinely worried for our safety.

The owner, Ung Rithy, has powerful contacts with the police and government.

By the time Ung Rithy arrived we'd managed to persuade her staff to unlock the gates and we were waiting out on the street.

But Ung Rithy immediately ordered her staff to grab our equipment. She lunged for our camera and a tussle ensued. We managed to break free with our video and left. Rithy later offered an interview, then changed her mind, referring us to the Ministry of Labor. It was clear the company didn't appreciate the spotlight being shone on the business.

And that's because their business seems to follow some very questionable and unethical practices.

Witnesses have told us they target young, naïve girls from villages promising them lucrative jobs abroad.

But we discovered that the reality of those jobs was very different.

Over the next days, we tracked down Chanary, who said she was trapped in Malaysia and that her passport had been taken by the agency. She said she was not being paid the $250 she'd been promised, taking home just $100 a month after various 'deductions.'

Perhaps most shockingly, she'd been told she was now in debt to Ung Rithy's agency. For her to get home she'd have to pay $1,000 - a sum that would take years for her to save.

In practice she was enslaved; debt bonded far from home with no way to escape.

She and some friends had already tried to flee but they didn't get far without passports and were soon picked by the Malaysian police and forced to return to Penang and the factory where they worked 12-hour shifts, often seven days a week.

One of Chanary's friends says she is just 17 years old and claims she was given a falsified passport showing she is 22, because it's illegal to employ foreign workers under 18 in Malaysia.

We approached the JCY electronics factory where Chanary worked.

In a statement JCY insisted: "Most workers willingly give their passports to their respective agents for safe-keeping, and they are able to obtain their passports at anytime upon their request.

"Nevertheless we will investigate this matter with all our agents and ensure their compliance.

"Further all workers in our plants have free access to our human resource department and our management to report any grievance they may have. We try to resolve all grievances in a fair and equitable manner."

Regarding the issue of one of their workers being under 18, JCY added: "This is an extremely serious allegation. Malaysia has very strict laws in regards to human trafficking and false passports.

"We urge that if you do indeed have such evidence or information, to immediately make a report to our Malaysian authorities including the police. Further, as a matter of company policy, we do not employ any foreign workers below 18 years old."

JCY supplies computer hard-drive equipment to a number of global electronics giants, including Western Digital which also refused an interview.

In a statement Western Digital told CNN: "Critical to our approach is our commitment to complying with the guidelines set out in the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) code for labor standards, which can be found as part of the EICC Code of Conduct at [this link]"

"CNN's recent inquiry accelerated our scheduled audit of a second JCY facility, which was completed last week (June 2011). We reviewed our findings with JCY management, and we are partnering with them to put corrective actions in place to insure JCY meets all EICC provisions...

"Absent effective and sustained improvement, other actions would be taken, up to and including discontinuing our relationship with that supplier."

It would be nice to report that as a result of our investigation Chanary is back home with her elderly mother in Cambodia.

But she's still stuck working long shifts at JCY to pay-off her 'debt' to the Ung Rithy Agency. And Western Digital is still supplied by JCY.

However, Chanary does say her pay and conditions have improved dramatically since CNN started its inquiries.

I only hope that by exposing what is happening, perhaps soon Chanary and her friends will finally be allowed to go home.

Topics: Business • The Traffickers

soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. MannyHM

    Using the social media boycott these companies that employ these slaves.
    Expose them and of course give them the opportunity to improve. If no improvement, spread it via Twitter and Facebook.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • thongs

      Great idea.... the big companies will then fear when many people spread these news...

      October 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • jay

        Agree. Put tariffs on import products will force companies bring back jobs. No more slave labor. Companies still make profit, it won't be big profit. Americans will have jobs and money to spend. The money stays at home.

        October 19, 2011 at 3:44 am |
      • Nidal Fuad

        Don't forget that the ideal project in iits simple shape , the taxes and tariffs may overwhelmed its purposes ,,, these establishments as its regualr action open many doors with dignity and rhythmic income to the labor,,, the another solution of this type of organisation is waiting the god to come in queue to get your yesterday lunch ,,, if coming,,,, /
        nidalfuad888@yahoo.com

        October 19, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • cambodianguest

      This is good news. Cambodian women in the provinces are mostly naive and without education. Thanks for your concern. keep it up. oh yeah there are a lot of corruption in the gov as well

      October 5, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • minn5781

        I think it's about time I stop buying WD products. But, I bet many other companies are involved in this.

        October 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Matt

      The parts in the computer you are using right now came from places like this. What will you do when they go away? YOU are the beginning of the problem. Watch what you buy. APPLE products are the worst. People are killing themself in their factories.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • jony3322

        No, we are not the problem. Look around you what else can buy except made in China products. All US companies have been outsourcing to China. Even we are willing to buy more expensive USA products but we can not find those anywhere. The problem is that our regulation has a loop hole that allow those corporations bringing jobs to oversea where they are not resposible to pay for fringer benefits, tax, safety, and environtmental protections. The corporations are not for US people. They are for money. If regulation has loop hole, they will take advantage of it. Now, all US economy is collapsing as the result of outsourcing.

        October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • Hugo

        Apple products are the worst? Quit BS-ing. Apple is not the only computer company. HP, Dell, Samsung... etc where do you think those are made? In Kentucky? Wake the hell up!

        October 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
      • buckybadger

        @Hugo, the factory that Apple gets their supplies from in China has nets around it to catch people from committing suicide. They are one of the worse. The nets probably spring them right back into their seat at work.

        October 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Vincent

        I agree. I think the hundreds millions of us should dump the iPhone whereby the Foxcon factory in China has already clear evidence of suicides. Wonder will CNN dare to take on Apple? I reckon they be too chicken to do so to demonstrate their impartiality.

        October 15, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • rms

      This happens a lot in Korea by the way. Check out the Philippino entertainers up North of Seoul.

      October 5, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • freeman

      spread news through network marketing fast and bring these cruel companies to their knees and it will help US economy recover all this "outsourcing" means slave labor...wake up people

      October 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      I cannot even express my concern for these people, but if you dont believe this doesnt happen in the states you are wrong. Migrant workers, sweat shops right here in the good ol Red White and Blue. Heres my solution, expose and band those companies. A good movie to watch is Blood Diamond, it will give you a good idea as to the corruption in this world and how governments turn thier backs on thier own people

      October 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Boy Cott

      Agree Manny! We the people are the only ones that we can count on anymore. Goverrnments and coporations won't fix the wrongs they have created.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • May

      Just don't buy anything foreign made. Take the agency to the Hague, and have a 'real' trial!

      October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • KKK

        So, you think Hague is the solution and fair trails are always done in Hauge

        October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • mogran

      What makes you or anyone else think they can influence a foreign country who has exploited women for many, many centuries...any muslim country!

      October 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Zeus

      if it's cheaper, i'll buy it. freedom of random cambodian people i dont know has a negligible effect on my utility curve.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
      • jo

        Wow.. how shallow..

        October 8, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • WTH

      Together as one our voices will be heard, we are lucky to be in a country with freedom of speech. God bless America

      October 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • steven

      I was tempted to write to my manufacturer who I represent and with option to bundle WDC HDD when i saw the first part of the video. I would have file a protest and withdraw from the bundled option in view of the appalling situation. More should be done to give the migrant workers a fair deal.

      October 13, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
  2. YrMommie

    Tariff.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  3. YrMommie

    Slavery is legal in Malaysia. Why do we allow US companies to import their labor from Malaysia without having to pay huge tariffs?

    October 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Jason Glugla

      Because we have a government which is bought and paid for.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • Boy Cott

        Right on Jason!

        October 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Kev

      Please get your facts right. Slavery is illegal in Malaysia. What was reported could have happened anywhere in the world and it is due to greed i.e. the ills of modern day capitalism. Why do you think western companies engage suppliers from Asia? to help enrich Asia?

      October 9, 2011 at 9:31 am | Reply
      • Ann

        This is NOT an ill of modern-day capitalism. This is something that has been practiced in Asia in various forms for a long, long time. For instance, the way maids are treated in Malaysia would NEVER be tolerated in developed countries, but it's considered the norm there. Likewise the way factory workers are treated. This is an insight into how "normalized" it is there. Clearly, though, the modern ease of moving people around has made this more common and easy to do than in the past.

        November 6, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Marks

      Have you read the article? The people are denying to any slavery going on in the business. Obviously it is NOT legal nor okay. It's just greedy people wanting money.

      October 11, 2011 at 1:19 am | Reply
  4. TOMG

    WHAT AN HUMAN BEING DO TO OTHER HUMAN BEING THEY DON"T KNOW LARMA ARE COMING TO THEIR ASS SOONER OR LATER DOG WORLD REALLY JUST DOG WORLD , AMEN . HELL TO THOSE EVIL AND DEVIL DOER , AMEN .

    October 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • jbmw

      Please try again without the cap locks and may a spell/grammar check.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  5. bailoutsos

    Buy Asian, buy slave output.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Kev

      yeah right, and you have western brands emblazoned over these "asian" products? what load of BS? so blame these western companies for their greed first...afterall, they started this so called "slavery" chain. if there is no demand, then supply will surely cease

      October 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • Anto

        Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently haremepd by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass' favor.

        December 19, 2012 at 2:54 am |
  6. lessismore

    It happens in the US. Look at the number of Indian staffing firms that bring in Tech Works from India. They then must work off the there relocation & visa cost. The firms charge less then US staffing firms, and pay well below the market and rate. That why many US staffing firms are moving out of IT staffing. By the way they are braking US law. The requires that any one on and H1B visa be paid the prevailing wage to avoid the displacement of US workers.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Really?

      I think you are ignorant...you don't have any idea how the H1B works...For H1B the company has to show the USCIS that they couldn't find any talent in this country for the particular type of the job and that's why they want to hire someone from outside. As far as wage is concerned, the wage to be paid by the company should be based on the average wage data for a particular talent for the zip code the person will be working at. This average wage data is taken from the studies they have done for example check flcdatacenter. Based on all those information that you submit the USCIS decides if the person should be awarded H1-B or not....

      October 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
      • Rick DeBay

        > company has to show that they couldn't find any talent
        The company writes the job requirements based on the resume the H1B recruiter supplies, to exclude local talent.
        > wage to be paid by the company should be based on the average wage data
        The job is categorized in such a way as to deflate wages as much as possible, and even then it's lowered.
        >> then must work off the there relocation & visa cost.
        Don't know about that, but I do know they are relocated often so that any green card application that was filed must be restarted at a new regional immigration center. Thus they can never get a green card and leave the abusive H1B recruiter.
        I worked with lots of H1B's from India over the last two decades in the IT field.

        October 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • DeFace

        So, when my former employer wanted me to train my replacement in India... that was Kosher?

        October 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • CCTX

        Really? – You may be the ignorant one. I'm in the tech industry and compete daily mainly with Indians here on H1-B visas. They are paid below market wage and are employed in industires where there is plenty of domestic supply (meaning an abudant supply of workers who are technically qualified). In a nutshell your representation of the H1-B visa process is not how it works. Additionally what I've found is the people here on H1-B visas are essentially 'front men' for a regimen of foriegn workers (typically in Mumbai India for the tech sector). So while there may only be a few hired directly under an H1-B visa there may ultimately be hundreds of workers displaced. Want an example? Bank of America credit card processing in Addison is a great one. As the recession hit (and they took your tax dollars during the bailouts) they escalated their overall use of foriegn labor. Now that division has been sold to a Canadian company, but it doesn't change what they did nor does it change what they likely do in other operations. We need to eliminate the H1-B visa process entirely and allow the few truly talented indivuals to apply for U.S. citizenship. As part of their citizenship they should be required to relinquish citizenship in any other country so they have a vested interest in the U.S..

        October 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • AcclaimedMan

      You are right on some of the these cases (say 20%), but not majority of those. I have to agree that some sub-standard employer do practice these means of employment and exploitation of employees, which are illegal.

      However, there are majority of employments are in the area of cutting edge technology within IT where the Indians are flooded. Microsoft, for example, is not among one such low profile employers who practice what you have generalized in your posting. I hope you agree on this.

      If you do, then realize that Microsoft in one of the front line companies want to get employees from India in large numbers. Why? because they find the higher standard within them as far technology and intelligence is concerned.

      And, if you don't then I have nothing to say against your biased opinion which relies upon very small sample size and come to an erroneous conclusion like this.

      October 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  7. sensible

    I met a guy who experienced this with the Carnival cruise line... they took his passport, didn't pay him what they'd promised, said he owed a debt... apparently they recruit people from South America this way.

    I was pretty disgusted. And alarmed.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Have you ever noticed that cruse ship all have ASIAN crews? Mostly Philippines? Think about that for a minute.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply
      • Hello World

        I took cruise before. I befriend to many of the crews on the ship. hey know the deal. I don't know why the cruises don't want to pay them the wages. instead we have to pay their wages through gratuities. I guess thousand of dollars we spend on cruise is only good enough for us to use the room and restaruant. That money is not enough to pay crew the salary

        October 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • jbmw

      Carnival Cruise is disgusting...I will probably never go on another cruise again because of the experience with them.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  8. Joe from Kalispell

    Funny or maybe coincidence... Malaysia is a Muslim country and they enslave non-muslims.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • shamsul b sharudin

      I bet you that the factory is not owned by a muslim. Most factories in Malaysia is owned by Malaysian Chinese,

      October 5, 2011 at 1:02 am | Reply
      • Ann

        Bah. Thousands of Malay Muslims treat their Indonesian Muslim maids terribly. I think it's bad all around.

        November 6, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • stillkicking

      And the US is a Christian country and enslaved non-Christains - think about it.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
  9. Patrick

    This is regular practice in Muslim countries. Being born female in a Muslim country is not a good thing.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Penang Kia

      There are a lot of cases in penang (I was born there), but it has nothing to do with muslim or slavery. It is greed and capitalism somehow abused by the big companies that resulted in this situation. Most employers don't even know that they are underage. It happened in my family before when we hire Indonesian and Cambodian domestic helpers.

      In fact, Penang IS the only state in Malaysia that is not dominated by the Malay Muslim. The locals are fed up by the factories too.

      Being born female in Malaysia doesn't even cause my female family members much troubles, all of them went to universities, has a reputable career, CAN DRIVE, VOTE. Don't comment on anything if you don't know us well.

      Not all Muslim are bad. The Muslim is Malaysia in fact are even friendlier than the non-muslim (except the racist government). btw, I am not Muslim.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • Pasang Kia

        @panang kia, you have make your point so clear. I could not agree with you more. Yes, screw the racist govrn. Wish that more people can read your comment here. I am a non-muslim as well but i love my country and the people.

        October 5, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Terrasaurus Rex

        Penang Kia you have such a valid point and such an amazing outlook on this point. I am glad that you shared you're views otherwise I probably would've posted a comment just like others that are blaming this on religion. Thank you so much for putting this in a new perspective for me.

        October 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  10. Billy Mays

    So sad... only if the U.N would help. and of course R.I.P Billy Mays

    October 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  11. Natsu

    Penang Kia is totally right about muslims in Malaysia. I am a non muslim, Malaysian born Chinese. Although I can't say the same for other muslim countries for sure, I find most muslim in Malaysia to be very open minded and friendly.

    Targeting the employers side of the problem is hardly a exhaustive approach to solve the problem. In fact, having talked to people running factories that employs foreign worker, they would go any distance to avoid taking underage or any worker that may be problematic or need to be sent back to their country of origin. This will only cost them more financially in the long run.

    Efforts should also be targeted at the source of the problems. Stricter law on falsifying passports, regulating agents in country of origin etc. But often, 3rd world countries that supplies foreign workers have corrupt officials.

    As long as there are people who puts own financial gains ahead of the well-being of other individuals, this problems will persists.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Do these people take out loans once they get the job and want to quit? I have seen cases where the company gives them a loan to send money home then are stuck to pay it off. Who is at fault? You take the money you pay the bill.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • Hello World

        It is hard to say.

        If those workers knew it would tkae more than decade to pay off, they would not take the jobs.

        some times, agencies just lure those people with high salary incentives. By the time, those people reach foreign countries, their passports got confiscate by owners. Then owners start to deduct salary. Sometimes, it could be 100%. How do the agencies calculate the recruitment cost/transportation cost? We don't know. It is much higher than we expect. The owners make sure those people could be slaves for the rest of life.

        Some people may borrower the money. However, they could be trick to borrow the money more than they could. The promise could be you will be able to pay off in a year with this kind of salary. What those worker did not realize was the amount of the mioney they borrower and the amount of wages they are going to earn

        Stop insulting those workers Their only mistakes were not getting enough education and access to nes media. They want to work hard. They don't mind working in a terrible conditions so long they got a little bit better pay.

        This happens many places.

        There was indenture servants in the U.S.A. and many parts of world before. The difference, many people were able to pay off in 3 years, and some people ended up gettingr rich by working hard.

        The stories you heard is not indenture servants. It is different form of slavery

        October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  12. J. Allen

    I know of people who have maids, hold their passports, so they are not allowed out of the house and they are feed restaurant leftovers like dogs! they are also under CCTV watch 24-7...thats slavery...right here in Kuala Lumpur!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • Jeff Dickey

      It's the rule more than the exception in Singapore as well — except for the scraps. I know a Filipina maid here who has had her passport and work permit confiscated by her employer, gets an average of less than one day a month off, and in the seven years that she has worked for this employer her diabetes has gone from latent to completely uncontrolled. Naturally, even though there is in law and contract here a duty of care on the part of the employer, she's receiving no medical attention, nor any medication for her diabetes or other health problems. Breakfast is usually a cup of coffee or Milo, and more often than not there is either no lunch or dinner.

      She's by no means unusual here. But the world only sees the propaganda. I lived in Malaysia as long as I've lived here, and up until quite recently, the main difference was the effectiveness of the propaganda. But I do see Malaysia making much more of an effort to clean up its problems than Singapore, which can't be bothered even to admit to its own people that it HAS problems.

      October 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • JChang

      Here in Malaysia, most people treated their maids fairly and in fact most maids extend their stay after working here. Those who abuse their maids are an exception rather than the rule here. Those few should be sought out and punished. My maid told me that she is happier here than back home and has much more to eat, etc. She practically eats nearly half a chicken with her rice everyday and lots of vegetables and other dishes. We also buy her any of her favorites she requested. She is given her own portable TV to watch everyday and she is practically addicted to that! She is welcomed to go out with us but refuses because she gets car sick. She can phone home as often as she likes.
      Only restriction we agree upon is not to mixed with strangers. This is through bad experience we had. In the past, we have come across maids who ran away after meeting some workers from Indonesia who con them with better jobs etc. With the help of the Indonesian consulate or the agent, we found those maids and discovered in their bags stolen jewelries, etc from us! One other bad experience we have with allowing maids to mix with strangers was we had a burglary as soon as an Indonesian maid left. The burglars seemed to know where we keep our things. Police later found out that the burglars were Indonesians friends of the old maid!
      Our present maid who do not mix with strangers have been very happy with us for a long time and keep extending her stay with us. In fact, we treat her as part of the family.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Reply
  13. Uncle Lim

    The likely outcome would be the girls get their freedom back, but lost their job and source of income, and have to deal with the huge debt. I don’t support salve neither nor naive. This is the real world where most of the idealist west never wants to admit. The only solution would be moving those production lines to the place where they can find labor, and deal with the local bureaucracy, or relocating those production lines to US and create jobs. Perhaps that is the agenda.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:36 am | Reply
  14. Lim Tian Soo

    Your report failed to ask whether the girls are aware of their terms of employment regarding repayments back to the agents. Very often the girls wants to travel and agree to the terms, than regret after they had their 'holiday' and want a free trip home by claiming 'slavery'.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Anton

      Hi Lim Tian Soo, come on..
      Here is the problem, whatever the term is..before you hire someone, you are the one to think first if its boud-to-be slavery term or not. Forget about the annual leave, maternal leave(lady), attendance bonus or medical insurance, If you are just a little bit humane by paying them same or even close to Malaysia's basic salary. Such slavery will never ever happen.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:05 am | Reply
      • Lucky

        Hi Anton, I really agree with you.

        October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Ken Keeton

    Just another example of the horrible world the monetary system has created. I'm never buying anything from western digital again. I will also try to get the contact information for the top dogs at WD... perhaps I can harass them.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:15 am | Reply
  16. me

    shame on you malaysian, they call people there ¨budak¨which means ¨slave¨

    October 5, 2011 at 6:31 am | Reply
    • Kelvin

      Actually "budak" means kid. Or child. Or little one. Or something in the similar vein, but definitely not slave. Also I have been a budak once. Because I have been a child once. Just because you can say things doesn't mean you don't have to do your homework first.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Johan Shamsuddin

      Hey if you don't know the Malay language don't make a fool of yourself by making a silly comment. The word "budak" means "child" not "slave" and no one in Malaysia is called 'budak' unless he or she is a child.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Agnes Emami

      Unless you've been there and heard it your self. Otherwise learn the language before making your childish comment.

      October 5, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • trusss

      Budak means boy in malay NO t" slave".... check your facts before you open your mouth.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • Albert P.

        Budak is boy in Malay dictionary. It is usage that needs to be understood. It depends where it is is used. In office Budak Pejabat means errand boy. In a restaurant it means lowly paid waiter. In a entertainment center, which Budak, young male or female available. So it goes on. Budak can be used as lowly paid server nearer to the respect given to salves. Usually a respectful adult will be annoyed if referred as Budak because the adult is given a very low status.The writers in comments above can use Budak to describe in slavery too. It would be understood as it is.

        October 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Dagmar

    John, Is there a point in there somewhere? You might try less whining and more articulating!

    October 5, 2011 at 6:39 am | Reply
  18. Dagmar

    My comments are awaiting 'moderation'...does anyone know what that means? More like disappeared into the void, never to be seen again. Apparently I am triggering the automatic censor. Any tips...thanks

    October 5, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  19. SujitSK

    Malaysia ... truly Asia!

    October 5, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
  20. This is not a reflection of the tech business at all

    WD please step forward with an innovative and highly visible solution here. Corruption in Cambodia and Malaysia should not bleed into the tech business.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
  21. Kenny from Australia

    This is not an easy matter and finger pointing is never a solution. Everyone that is involve in the "chain" including the consumers like myself have a part to play. I bet CNN have bought Western Digital products as well as other "ethically questionable" products too. I think no one in western society can stand on moral high ground and blame the developing country for practices as such. Perhaps is a good time for us to look at our own backyard and enforce proper corporate governance for company such as WD. CNN is biased in its report to put the blame heavily on the developing country.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Kev

      agree, and well put Kenny! this report is so biased that the so called "slavery chain" was tracked from the resulting end as if Cambodia and Malaysia were the problem. If only this reported has the balls to start the report from WD....

      October 9, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
  22. conoclast

    An obvious good first place to start in combatting wage-slavery would be a boycott of WalMart. Just don't mention unions or you'll be immediately confronted by their anti-union goon squad!

    October 5, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
  23. Sophie

    Epic fail never buy accessories make by Disgital West...Never let them free!

    October 5, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Prakash

      Hi Sophie,
      Apparently, you know very little about Western Digital and/or JCY.

      Western Digital is unquestionably the most supplier friendly organisation I have ever come across in my 29 years of working. JCY is also a major supplier to Seagate & Hitachi. If I am not mistaken, they also supply to Samsung.

      Are the PC manufacturers willing to increase the price of the Hard Disks they buy from Western Digital, Seagate etc? Will the consumer pay more to support such an effort? I believe that it is wishful thinking.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  24. Sarachel SAR

    Thanks to Dan Rivers the CNN who discovered this story. I have heard a long period of time about this Company in Cambodia. I had seen one time some young girls were beaten badly by the chief of the group, owned by the the company to watch or guard those employees. I hope Dan Rivers wake up the Cambodian Govt to look at the matter as soon as possible while the country is being searched for the change of their society.

    Keep up and stand together to eliminate this kind of slavery in human society which is being spread in Asia. Regards.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Kev

      i hope Dan Rivers tracks all western companies who buy products from such suppliers. Afterall, they are the creating the demand and refusing to pay US or european prices. if that's done, i'd say Dan Rivers is unbiased.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  25. bbbbbbbbbb

    My comments are awaiting 'moderation'...does anyone know what that means? More like disappeared into the void, never to be seen again. Apparently I am triggering the automatic censor. Any tips...thanks

    October 5, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
  26. bbbbbbbbbb

    Corruption in Cambodia and Malaysia should not bleed into the tech business.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Against Slavery

      Hah! I am in agreement with you. Unfortunately, too many of the Fortune-1000 make their profits from slave labor abroad. We silly Americans think think this is wonderful because we get to purchase products and clothes made by child labor. Thennnn, we donate money to help the poor buggers get out of slavery and not starve to death. What a crock. The average American 401(k) is built on a mountain of slave labor.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  27. Jimmy

    I worked for one of these agencies and left due to the injustice and cruelty inflicted upon these workers. Foreign workers forced to work without sufficient rest and so much deducted from their wages with all sorts of excuses. Can the workers voice out… nope! They will be beaten or kept without being paid for weeks. What and how do they eat? Inhumane! Can I make a change? Well…all the local authorities are easily bribed by these agencies. What a shame!

    October 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Ann

      Jimmy, you should write an honest and clear newspaper piece on your experiences. Try to get it published in your local newspaper, or online in blogs. Malaysia Today would also probably be interested in posting it: Many Malaysians and others on the employer end don't know the full truth. If they can be educated, they can press their gov't for change. Write it up and send it out!

      November 6, 2011 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • desmond

      Heard a lot of injustice in Malaysia across all industries. ( be it Electronics Manufacturing Services Providers for Western Digital or Dyson ) Do really emphathize with those ignorant / ill-informed "Slaves" who render their services to these EMS...

      November 22, 2011 at 3:11 am | Reply
  28. Jimmy

    Dan, thanks for discovering this.... everyone knows but no one wants to make an issue of it. Why should they? $$$ going into everyone's pocket. I would like to help!

    October 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  29. James

    And we in America need to trade with these animals!

    October 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Melvin S

      James,
      Which animals are you referring to?

      October 7, 2011 at 2:47 am | Reply
  30. trusss

    When it comes to modern slavery like this, all parties are involved – the consumers, suppliers, manufacturers, government, human resources agencies and etc. To outlaw such practices ever occur again in Malaysia, the Malaysian government needs to do more and to set itself to be a role model in SE Asia region to fight modern slavery and abolished such practices.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  31. George

    The US government still holds slaves and I am one of them. Please make these practices illegal!

    October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Would you explain your statement and how it relates to the story?

      October 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  32. Annexian

    This is the "Global Sweatshop" the media masks as "The Global Villiage".

    The real thing that should really be a "Riot" is that having a barefoot 6 year old girl doing hard labor to cheat an American his wages is that it is NOT cheaper. Yeah, they pay her nothing, but there's bribery, piracy, low quality and the cost of transport. The bribery to the local officials/generalismo alone often makes up the "Savings". But they not only face no tariff but they get TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDIES to pay for it.

    Least CNN is talking about it...finally...but IMO it's just to pretend they care then to ignore it and go back to lurid "Women/Children sold" stories so the "Feminist" crowd can indulge their hate on on men.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  33. U Mad Bro?

    What about tracking the economical/financial/debt slaves here in the United States?

    October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  34. JohnBrown

    This is an age old recycled news story, nobody should act surprised. The "outcry" will fade in 3, 2, 1.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  35. Michael

    I hate this evil world we live in, and I hate humans!

    October 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  36. bailoutsos

    70% of beans used for chocolate are from Ivory Coast where 150,000 children are held to pick the crops. Think about that when you enjoy your Hershey's Kisses or See's candy.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  37. Slave Master

    CNN - this is great, but show some gumption and call our the American companies (inclduing those in Georgia) that rely on slave labor for profits. Until you do this, your initiative is mostly toothless and empty. Why? Because the entire american economy is boosted by slave labor.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Against Slavery

      You are 100% correct. Everyone who buys from brands who source their clothing in Asia, particularly Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia are part of the slave trade. Every child in USA who wears those "iconic" brands is part of the global slave trade. When will Americans wake up to the fact that we are the problem. Our corporate greed alows us to engage in the slave trade.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  38. Mark L.

    It is unfathomable that in the 21st Century this slavery nonsense is still going on !!!!

    I adore Asian women as they are probably the most beautiful, well-cultured women on the entire globe. Of course, this is strictly my opinion (and no, I am not an Asian man.)

    If it meant getting at least one of these gorgeous, lovely women out of the bondage of slavery, I would give anything to sponsor an Asian beauty, bring her here to the USA and provide her with a warm loving environment that she could probably only dream about in her current setting.

    Asian women RULE !!!! (Again – This is solely one man's opinion...{:o)

    October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • theboss59

      YOUR OPINION IS PRETTY STUPID..........

      October 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
      • Xian Xu

        @theboss59 – probably not as stupid as what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror moron.

        October 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Lydia

      You sound like a psycho. One woman's opinion.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Spud

      Although I find Asian woman attractive also, you sound like a desperate weirdo.

      October 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Marks

      Honestly? This is ludicrous. If you want to make a statement please sound less stalkerish.

      October 11, 2011 at 1:14 am | Reply
  39. Tony

    Sad that people are preying on the poor, but if someone gives you a mysterious job offer, you should say NO.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  40. Srinivasan Iyer

    Why to travel anywhere?. Slavery, bonded labor is here in USA. I am from India on H1B and knew the plight of 1000's of H1B workers who got into this slavery and bonded labor. Salary will not be paid if you are not on Job, till you get your permanent residency you have to struck with the same employer, even salary is paid some portion of it will be hold by the employer. You have to work long hrs without any overtime, so many horrible stories I can tell. But can CNN publish them?. We came to this country for a better future for our kids, but instead landed into this slavery and bonded labor. Worst is people will not recognize our plight and will abuse us as if we are stealing their jobs.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Against Slavery

      Yes, your story is sad. It is also 100% true. I have had Indian-heritage employees offer me part of their salary in the past, to become their "mentor". I have also heard enough 1st hand accounts of their employers holding back most of their salary, and then paying the remainder of it largely in cash, so as to avoid paying USA taxes. The H1B visa program has made a lot of USA and other national's business executives rich, but enslaved a lot people here in America. You, Srini, are hosed. Welcome to America.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • AcclaimedMan

      These employers are all sub-standard and are only body-shops. If you work for multinational companies then this never holds good.

      October 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  41. Sean

    It absolutely boggles my mind that things like this still exist in the world today. And further still, that our government values trade and interaction with these "people". It truly makes me sick to my stomach.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  42. Against Slavery

    Some of the premier brands in USA, such as clothing by Abercrombie & Fitch, are made in these countries. Abercrombie states that they give plenty of advance notice of factory inspections.... wow, always a perfect inspection.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  43. Al

    if you want to find slavery?
    look no further then the average US worker....

    October 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  44. tony

    This is the automatic result of A) Capitalism always seeking the lowest cost of labor, and B) Non-sovereign mega-corporations able to outsource jobs across national boundaries with no financial penalties. Thanks to Republican "policies", and Bush's John Roberts, our largest US companies are the complete opposite of Patriotic US Citizens, but can buy our elections as though they are super voters.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  45. DanInEugene

    Foreign goods sold in America should require proof that their workers were paid the same minimum wage that applies in America and workers there are afforded the same basic worker rights that Americans get here. No proof = no import or no hire. The slave trade would lose it's biggest customer, foreign workers get a massive boost in pay and rights and with a fair playing field jobs would come flooding back into America.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • KKK

      First of all , try to end various forms of sophisticated slaveries in USA before worring about anywhere else.
      BTW do you have any balance left on your credit card to buy "Made In America"

      October 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  46. Sylvester

    This is what happens when multi national corporations are allowed to import products from these countries into the USA. No wonder we are losing jobs here. Slave labor is what these corporations want, and since they cannot get it in the US, they put their factories in countries that have it. Again, we are dumb enough to import their products without import tariffs, so in reality, we are supporting slavery.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  47. BR

    If all corporations actually had ethics, these regulations wouldn't be necessary in the first place. The more legislation that's passed here in the United States, protecting consumers or employees (slaves in some cases) from unethical corporate practices, the more you'll hear from Washington about "Too much government regulation!", "You're forcing our jobs overseas!". Yet public companies are only graded by one thing: Profits. Ethics and Corporate responsibility are nowhere to be found in that equation. That's what the sit-ins on Wall Street are about. It's not that these protesters want more regulations, they just want ethical conduct from some of these corporations. If these corporations can't find a way to be profitable without the use of unethical practices, let the invisible hand of the market put them out of business. Unfortunately, greed usually trumps ethics, so it's up to the consumer to speak up.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  48. NICK RYMOND

    THE U.S. IS NOTHING BUT A JOKE. WE GO AND START WARS WITH MUSLIMS IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY. WE GO AND ATTACK MUSLIMS IN THE NAME OF SAFETY. BUT THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE. MEXICO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST ALL OF AMERICAS PROBLEMS AND WE ARE DOING NOTHING. SLAVERY AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ARE OCCURRING MORE IN AFRICA AND CHINA THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD BUT WE ARE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. EITHER THE U,S, GOVT THINKS ITS CITIZENS ARE FOOLS AND IDIOTS OR WE AMERICANS ARE ACTUALLY FOOLS AND IDIOTS. IT IS JUST SICK WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD AND WE AMERICANS JUST SIT BACK AND PICK ON WHO WE ATTACK. BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU DONT HAVE OIL YOU WONT GET HELP. OR IF YOU ARE A PARTNER OF THE U.S. YOU WONT BE ATTACKED.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • YOU TREASONOUS LIBERAL!

      YOU MUST BE A TERRORIST SYMPATHIZER! HOW DARE YOU TAKE THEIR SIDE!

      October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  49. Ghulam Sakhi

    Weep for these women if you have any humanity left.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  50. Wait...

    ...so this doesn't relate to Islam at all? That's impossible! How dare they run such a story without relating it to Islam somehow?

    October 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  51. awe

    who ever worked for verizon wireless or att wireless knows what legit slavery is .... here in us !

    October 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  52. chaya

    who is the old angry-faced woman? she looks like Vietnamese.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • david

      i donno but i'd love to be her slave. she would make a good dominatrix.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  53. George

    Slave labor, or at least wages so low that they might as well be slave labor, manufactured almost all of the computer that I'm using right now, my shoes, my Walmart hoodie, my cell phone, and my iPod. U.S. corporations are all for it too. If you wanna end slave labor worldwide, you have got some tough rows to hoe ahead of you.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  54. SarahPalin

    Such a good little republican controlled girl. Now get to work and shut up!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  55. breed11

    I think the reason why slavery is not a big deal in Asia is because they have too many people, so the value of each person goes down. Compared to places like America or Britain where they are a few people, so individually people matter more. It's economics actually.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  56. BoycottApple

    How much of a 'genius' could we all be if the stock market enriched us and the companies we control to the point we can setup and exploit foreign slaves to our hearts – and our customers – desire?!? Eh STEVE JOBS??!!?? Could our American media take a break from branding Steve Jobs a mystical genius and rightly call him the largest slave-exploiter the world has ever seen??? Nah ....

    October 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Hugo

      Boycott Microsoft instead. Ever called them for support??? You think an American is answering the phone? Quit backing Apple and look at your own crap you think doesn't stink.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  57. excitingman

    we need less regulations, child labor laws hurt company profits

    October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  58. danaz

    All done so that the CEO who outsourced American jobs can pay him/her self a larger bonus for cutting costs. The greed of corporations is amazing. This is what corporate america has become. Outsourcing to the cheapest place, with no regard to human conditions, pollution etc. Thanks wall street.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  59. take me down to the ball game

    Who cares? Really, they got themselves into this situation, and they can work to get themselves out. It's really very similar to me paying my mortgage for 30 years! I have no sympathy beyond my immediate family and friends, people need to learn to cope on their own, not have others/agencies constantly coming to the rescue.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Annia

      Some are just too trusting, hence they easily become targets for these crooks. Ever heard of people here in the U.S. who fell for the Nigerian scams? Need I say more?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • powder99

      I know you are just being sarcastic but I don't see the point you are trying to make. How is slavery similar to purchasing a house in the US.? Why would anyone have sympathy, including your family, for buying a house? Were you tricked into it, is someone stopping from just walking away from it or is there another point hidden in the sarcasm?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Alvin

      Erin,these photos are elcpeiasly poignant, at least for me, since I have held her just once. Kate Lauren, you have touched me just like the 13 other grandchildren we have, but your unique ebony hair, perfectly pursed lips and the softest skin this side of heaven have reminded me how someone as small and tiny as you can steal an old man's heart, and make him feel so much joy. Thank you sweetheart, I already know I will love you forever Our appreciation to your Mom & Dad for bringing such a beautiful child into our earthly presence.Love, Grandpa Dusty

      April 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  60. No Tea for Me Please

    Virtually all American companies have pursued foreign slave labor to a certain degree. Child labor, indentured labor, etc. Often they bribe corrupt officials.

    It's all about the shareholders. Forget the workers. The ultimate business profit model IS slavery.

    This is what you get when the trade unions are crushed by the GOP.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  61. Lonny

    US Military is a slave organization. You work or you go to jail. Too bad CNN won't look in to that.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  62. bill Ghar

    Wait! I thought only evil white people were capabale of slavery!!! What's this nonsenses about it being all over the world!!! ??? Evil lies!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  63. George

    Ok track slavery in the USA!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  64. PeterD

    90% of the day to day consumable and usable goods Americans buy are made in Asia maninly China, South East Aisa. 90% of these goods manufactured under some sort of slavery. Moral of the story Americans cannot manufacture the goods they consume and responsible for the slavery around the world. Americans are pathetic.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • ChinaSlavery

      And where do you get your goods?? Mr. perfect??

      October 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  65. STEVE

    Shoot, as long as they drop their prices most people really don't care whose making these products – Cost is the determining factor when I purchase something & I don't care to know how it's produced as long as they keep the quality up!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Stella

      This is unfortunately, too true.

      October 10, 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • Anita

        Heard of a local family in Penang that hire a non-malaysian as a maid for very little money. When the maid questioned her pay the family told her that she must have had done something in her past to deserve such little pay. This is no story. The family was serious in their beliefs.

        Instead of having a go at Western Digital look at the culture and the corruption in these countries. To westerns it is hard to understand but this is everyday living to the locals.

        My Cambodian maid came from this agency in Cambodia. If she wasn't working with me she would be in a factory 2hrs away from her family. She told me that she lived away from her son and could only visit him every 2mths. She is making double amount of money, learning english, living in clean accommodation etc.

        It is hard for these workers to get money home to their families cause they don't have banks. If you send money it is through these agencies for a fee.

        October 10, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  66. anon

    why not do a program on interest-free economic system instead of the system of slavery we live in...where the whole of humanity is enslaved

    October 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  67. Mr Floor

    If slavery in Asia ends, then where will America get it's sneakers from?

    October 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • ChinaSlavery

      Well, where ever it would be... it would be more expensive, but much better quality!

      October 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  68. SCOOBYDOO

    You all are lacking knowledge. All people of this earth came from Africa. ALL OF YOU ARE AFRICAN. Put your hatred aside and unite people before they people in power incite a race war that will kill off everybody. They never intended on having a population on earth this size except for disposable soldiers and slaves. WAKE UP YALL.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  69. ChinaSlavery

    The whole country of China is driven by slavery!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  70. eza

    Why didn't the reporter or CNN pay the $1,000 to get Chanary home? Turner could afford to send a little cash her way.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  71. SCOOBYDOO

    The point is that the idea of white supremacy that leads to all of these atrocities worldwide is an utter and complete FARCE!
    If white people are originally from Africa then maybe they should reevaluate their views on war and industry

    October 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  72. A Malaysian Chinese

    The case of the factory WD enslaving an Asian could happen anywhere in the world, unfortunately, the chain leads to a Muslim country, and mind you. Malaysia as a Muslim country does not necessarily means that we encourage modern slavery and en-slave non-Muslim personnel. Keep your facts right, being a Chinese and a non-Muslim in Malaysia doesn't make me a lesser Malaysian.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  73. Annia

    I'm thankful for my lot & my heart goes out to these women, but I can't help to think that with the bailing out, there will always be more crooks out there willing to lure these women to these slave factories over and over, knowing that somehow they will get their money, double money for that matter, and the cycle will never end. Is there a way to let these women know before hand, that there are things like this out there?

    October 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  74. the law

    worry about our own Country, will ya... can't save the world...

    October 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  75. david

    Slavery is good. Esp when high-heel boots and pig-tail whips are involved. It could be very hot.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  76. Jim Roth

    lol.... funny how they tracked the slave-made good to London and not to where most of it really goes to - you know where ...

    October 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  77. Sean Puttnam

    **********************************************
    MADE IN USA
    **********************************************

    October 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  78. tyrannasurus

    Under paying someone is a form of slavery.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  79. THE PROBLEM SOLVER

    LETS STOP OUTSOURCING JOBS OVERSEAS...in return WE THE PEOPLE will have jobs...what happened to the USA manufacturing 50%of the goods 4the world? WHEN DID WE LET CHINA RUN THE WORLD?!? pretty soon the babies that are born here will also say MADE IN CHINA!!

    October 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  80. Spud

    Where can I find some slaves? I need a few since my wife doesn't cook or clean at all. Every morning I have to embark on a treasure hunt to find my work cloths. Portions of my cloths are A) on a giant heap on the family room couch entangled with my kids cloths B) in the dryer half dry C) In a laundry basket that was once folded weeks ago but from my three kids pilfering through day after day have become nothing more then a wad of cloths D) in a giant heap of dirty cloths on the laundry room floor E) I may or may not find one half of a pair of socks in my empty drawer. And all this after working six day a week. So....my question is as stated above, where may I acquire some of these slaves? They will get fed well with their own room (I will kick my 16 year old out of his, as he will not keep it clean) and weekends off.

    Before all you up tight people start lecturing me, I am just kidding. But I would take those responsible for keeping slaves as my slaves.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  81. song

    Bring all US companies to US. WE people need jobs here US.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  82. Joe Mahma

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    When are people going to stop making babies they can't afford and then complain about them being enslaved?

    .

    October 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  83. Jerry Allen

    Steve Jobs died today R I P I didn't particularly like him but have some respect.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  84. BearskinBob

    The sad part of this is the U.S. government is giving these conglomerates huge tax breaks which they are using to build factories and outsource jobs to places like Penang. I know that first hand because I work for one of them. The funny thing is management boasts about it.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  85. Kundan Singh

    are you going to track chinese unpaid-slave labors?

    October 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  86. nate

    We are all debt bound "slaves". Why do you go to work?

    October 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  87. cp4ab0lishm3nt

    I am surprised that Dan Rivers did not follow up with the Malaysian Government. There is a Ministry of Human Resources in Malaysia and its at Putrajaya. Dan should very well know that discussions with the factories will not opt out anything at all because the foreigners are not directly under the control of factories when it comes to immigration and foreign employment contracts. Talking to an aid worker will not suffice anything at all because they lack resources to tackle an issue of such magnitude.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:03 am | Reply
    • BooSheet

      Exactly. This is very poor journalism. This is more a mission to raise money for worthless, self-perpetuating NGO's, than an effort solve any problems.

      October 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  88. Foreman

    If CNN was so concerned why didn't they just give her $1,000.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Dignity4DW

      I'm glad CNN didn't give her the 1000. If they did they would be selling out. The solution to this problem is bigger than just one girl. It's 30,000-40,000 Cambodian women (and girls) all recruited by the same 33 registered companies in Cambodia.... thats a lot of money times 1000 each! Instead we must focus our advocacy to hold these company directors (not brokers or middlemen) accountable!! And write letters to the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia, and the government in Cambodia... Let's ask for workers to have a copy of their contract, hold their passport, and have a day off!!

      October 7, 2011 at 6:46 am | Reply
  89. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Adidaas

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      April 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  90. Anita

    The agency in question also does maids – I have one. I paid RM4500 for the first 7mths wages – It was meant to be for a loan for her family – they got US$200. I was told the RM4500 went to her air fares (which she went by bus from KL to PEN) and her training. I've tried to ask for receipts for the break down of the RM4500 but without luck. Would love to report the agency! I'm taking her back to Cambodia so she gets home.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Dignity4DW

      Hi Anita. I'm encouraged to hear that you are asking questions of the agencies and requesting receipts. Keep asking!! The truth is that even if the family is given every penny you give her, the chances are high that she will have to pay it back to the company before receiving her monthly salary in full. The system is set up as such: great for the company (they get money for every worker and employer who signs up!), okay for the employer, and horrible for the migrant domestic workers!

      Domestic workers from Cambodia are recruited by the same companies as the factories, promised $180 USD a month and not told what to really expect in Malaysia (aka. Cut salary, 14 hour work days, no chance to leave or call unless the employer agrees!).

      Instead of picking fights with each other on this page, let's unite to pick a BIG fight with the companies themselves. Who's in??

      October 7, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
  91. Melvin S

    Hey Dan,
    Does CNN use any equipment made by WD? Do you? I think you need report on how she obtained a passport? Was she willing to leave her country and work in a foreign land in the first place? I believe it takes 2 hands to clap and you need to make your report more unbiased as you make Malaysia (my country) look and sound like a back-water 3rd world nation, which it is not, i assure you.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:22 am | Reply
  92. chenlee

    guys keep fighting against slavery.......

    October 7, 2011 at 2:40 am | Reply
  93. ACK

    I will the divert the attention of CNN on the biggest market of Mordern day slavery- i..e Middle east

    October 7, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply
  94. ACK

    The conditions in labour camps are full of reveletions on the brutal regime of the slavery. The labor is generally taken to work at 4 AM in the morning and the during the hottest days of summer upto 55Centigrades they are forced to work on the construction sites. It is a common scene in DUbai, Kuwait and KSA, during summer that labourers are sleeping on the road at temperature animals cant even stand. The conditions in the labour camps are pathetic and unhumanly, you can speak some NGO who give them food, some old household stuff etc. The labour passports are kept with the sponsor as a security so that they are bonded. The salaries are not paid as said in the contracts, for several months salaries are also not paid. Now the question, these skyscrappers in ME is at the cost of human misery. I request the CNN reporters to bring the truth of this modern day slavery as well.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:02 am | Reply
  95. Katie

    Thank you CNN for the report. Trafficking needs to be stopped! We must take notice.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  96. Lujam

    CNN is making a difference! Great work!

    October 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  97. Malaysian guy

    Agree with melvin...m just amazed and very surprised with a leading news channel such as CNN making a so-called "modern day slavery" report which seemed to lack insight into the issue. Why you think she left her country to work in Malaysia? For holiday? To help her family to put food on the table....yes this middle-man is the culprit whom might tricked them or trapped them but what extent did u go to expose these guys? Malaysia main export is electronics andthere are thousands of plants making and exporting to other countries. Did u mention this in your report so that viewers can understand that this would be the impetus for millions of immigrant workers? now we have many in our countries without jobs as result of this.....

    October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
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  100. KRM1007

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
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  101. johannna

    yes, modern slavery are really spreading in Asia, its really happening in Taiwan. Im one of those victim, my employer did not pay my salary as it suppose to be. because of to many deductions that the employer must pay to the goverment of taiwan She deduct it in my salary. Im not only one, there are more, hundreds or thousands of caretaker suffering from that kind of deductions, but we cannot do anything. Labor are not supportive . most of us ended in jail and even for our plane ticket employer cannot give. Im in my country now, my employer did not return anything to me. Please we need help, a strong HELP that can fight for our Rights... I know CNN can make it. A lot of NGO they dont have tooth to fight . Even our own Embassy. Hanna

    October 13, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply
  102. from the other side of the world

    This is absolutely appalling, slavery has no place in the 21st century The longer we tolerate this the longer it will continue. I will be boycotting any products that I know of that are part of workers bond schemes as this. It is disgusting and I hope you will choose not to be part of this modern day slavery.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
  103. A Cambodian

    Fair trade is a big problem. So we put it aside. Now we talk about why there is such problem. It is because the authority that responsible, are corrupt. They must have taken a lot of wealth from the recruitment company. Cambodian government just passed a law against corruption. But to whom will they apply the law? Perhaps not against this recruitment company.
    Another problem is that, in Cambodia, people has nothing to do. They have to look for a job in the factory. they are happy to receive around 100 dollars with extratime. So, when they hear that the wage in Malaysia is better, say 300 dollars, they are happy to go. But they were perhaps not explained the real condition, that their salary would be taken. Even they are not 18 years old, they have to told the authority that they are 18. This is the really case. It is so great that CNN reports this case. In Cambodia, there are a few unbiased media. But this media is not well reached by normal people because of literacy. So people turn to read local language newspapers which are the mouth of the government.
    All in all, it is so hard to say in Cambodia. If talking about freedom of the press, I would put it at the bottom of the rank.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  104. Daniel

    I am a big fan of WD products. While channel surfing, I watched the CNN report and was surprised to hear WD in the news. Until this situation is addressed fully and measures put in place to end this modern day slavery, i promise to not patronize WD products.

    October 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
  105. Hassanluv78

    First off I have to say that I love and support "The Freedom Project" 100%.....Now, I beg CNN to do a program on the Middle East. Don't just focuse in Asia. Middle eastern countries are the worst when it comes to human rights. They pay foreign workers low wages(or no wages), take their passports, and make them work long hours in extreme heat. Go to countries like Kuwait, Saudi, and Bahrain and you'll see what Im talking about. Slavery is more wide spread in the Middle East than anywhere in the world and noone seems to care cause governments are too afraid of the "Royals" that rule these nations.

    October 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
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    October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  107. ASL

    The heart of the matter is caring for your neighbor whether they live next door or in another country. Every human being has value in God's eyes and should be treated justly. "Do to others as you would have them do to you." The Golden Rule can from the Bible and never goes out of style. Yet Western culture has been slowly poisoned with a de-valuing of life in some media, some corporate sectors, some educational settings, and in homes. I truly believe the root of the problem with the American economy (speaking as a USA citizen) is is the greed and consumerism in our nation that allows so many unethical practices while saying we're a "nation under God". If we say it then we need to step up and bring morals back into our society. Thank you CNN for doing this story and the Freedom Project to help consumers to take a stand for ethical treatment.

    October 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Reply
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    October 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
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  112. anis

    I am surprised Dan Rivers and others at CNN have overlooked stories of modern day factory slaves in the Middle East. Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and 2022 World Cup host country Qatar are still following the RIGID SPONSORSHIP SYSTEM. Only Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain,Oman have made the system less severe on foreign workers in their countries under international pressure, allowing easy change of jobs. Everybody, right from workers in a advertising company, a
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    October 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  113. chongjas

    I worked for recruitment agencies in Asia and sadly, it is not uncommon. I would like to post a link of your story on my blog and also alert the recruitment industry. We can walk away from companies who want us to hire people under unfair conditions and modern day slavery.

    November 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
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