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Apple manufacturer Foxconn has admitted that child labourers were working at one of its factories in China.

The Taiwanese firm said an internal investigation found employees as young as 14 working at its plant in Yantai in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, according to China Labour Watch.

The US-based NGO said Foxconn had confirmed the underaged interns in the factory and was now sending them back to school.

Apparently, the interns were mainly sent to Foxconn from schools, but the firm hadn't checked their IDs. China's minimum legal working age is 16.

"The schools involved in this incident should take primary responsibility, but Foxconn is also culpable for not confirming the ages of their workers," CLW said.

Foxconn said in a statement to the Financial Times that the students had only worked at the factory for around three weeks and the plant was not involved in any work the manufacturer does for Apple.

Staff injustices are rife at Chinese firms and Foxconn has been under intensifying scrutiny as an Apple supplier. Its factories have seen worker suicides and riots amidst allegations of bullying, long working hours, unhealthy conditions, disgusting dorms and underage employees. ®

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