Child labor in the United States?

Where are the unions? Where are the parents? Why has this been allowed to continue?

Daily Mail

As many as FIFTY children as young as 12 are found working at Hyundai supplier factory in Alabama after cops launched search for girl, 13, who ran away with 21-year-old worker.

  • The accusations date back to a February Amber Alert regarding Eidy Aracely Tzi Coc, a now 13-year-old, who had briefly disappeared from her family’s home
  • Coc, who turns 14 this month, and her two brothers, aged 12 and 15, all worked at the plant earlier this year and weren’t going to school
  • Pedro Tzi, Eidy’s father, contacted Enterprise police on February 3 after she didn’t come home and police issued an amber alert
  • They also launched a manhunt for Cucul, 21, another Guatemalan migrant and SMART worker around that time with whom Tzi believed she might be
  • The girl told officers that Cucul was a friend and that they had traveled there to look for more work.
  • Cucul was arrested and later deported

Migrant children have allegedly been working at a Hyundai supplier in Alabama after police launched a probe into the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl who ran away with a 21-year-old plant employee.

SMART Alabama in Luverne, an automotive parts manufacturer that has supplied parts for Hyundai since 2003, reportedly fired multiple underage workers – some as young as 12 – as publicity around the missing girl’s case heated up.

A former employee alleged that as many as 50 underage workers were employed across various shifts when he was working at the plant.  [. . .]

Using cell phone geolocation data, police located Cucul and the girl in a parking lot in Athens, Georgia the same day she was reported missing.

The girl told officers that Cucul was a friend and that they had traveled the nearly 300-mile journey to look for more work. Cucul was arrested and later deported.

After the disappearance generated local news coverage, SMART allegedly dismissed a number of underage workers, according to two former employees and other locals familiar with the plant. The sources said the police attention raised fears that authorities could soon crack down on other underage workers.

Since then, the plant has faced further accusations of child labor infractions from the police, Coc’s family and at least eight former and current employees at the factory.

SMART Alabama LLC, listed by Hyundai in corporate filings as a majority-owned unit, supplies parts for some of the most popular cars and SUVs built by the automaker in Montgomery, its flagship U.S. assembly plant.

Hyundai didn’t respond to phone calls or emails from reporters seeking comment.

Tzi’s children, who have now enrolled for the upcoming school term, were among a larger cohort of underage workers who found jobs at the Hyundai-owned supplier over the past few years, according to interviews with a dozen former and current plant employees and labor recruiters.

He said he regrets that his children had gone to work. The family needed any income it could get at the time but is now trying to move on.

Tzi added: ‘All that is over now. The kids aren’t working and in fall they will be in school.’

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6 Responses to Child labor in the United States?

  1. texan59 says:

    We have turned into that sh*thole Country a former President warned us about. When things like this can go on for some time, and only get noticed when one is missing. 😦

    Liked by 4 people

    • Stella says:

      Yes sir. Beyond the child labor issue, it seems at least some of these people were here illegally; since the man was deported, I presume he was. How are they being hired?

      Liked by 4 people

      • texan59 says:

        Only way my grandson could work at 16, was that his momma owned the company. It’s a real PITA for young kids to get a job today. Something smells in Denmark.

        Liked by 2 people

  2. Pa Hermit says:

    I was under the impression one must be at least 16 to get any job. I started as a soda jerk way back in ’66. After school part time work.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. auscitizenmom says:

    We are becoming a nation of ignored laws.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Lucille says:


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