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Another iPhone Supplier Suicide

The spate of suicides at Foxconn continued, as a woman identified as Chu/Zhu took her own life this week. The 24 year old jumped off her apartment block to her death in the city of Shenzhen. The city is home to a 300,000 strong Foxconn factory. Foxconn is the world’s largest assembler of electronics.

According to the Associated Press, the number of suicides at Foxconn this year now stands at eight. The most infamous of these suicides is that of Sun Danyong. He also leapt off of a building after the iPhone 4G prototype incident. Sun was allegedly roughed up by security personnel at Foxconn after the prototype mysteriously went missing. The suicide followed shortly thereafter.

Zhu’s suicide, so far, does not have any apparent technology leak associated with it. Hon Hai Precision Industry, the holding company of Foxconn, stated that police had reported to them that Zhu’s suicide was due to “personal matters”. Nothing further on the matter has been revealed and the incident remains shrouded in mystery. Whether the true reason for the suicide will ever come to light is a question that will be answered in the future.
Foxconn has been suspected of employee abuse in the past. It is suspected that the team Apple sent to investigate matters at an unnamed iPod manufacturer in 2006 was actually sent to Foxconn. The team did not find any substantial evidence other than the forced hours of work the employees were subjected to. The resulting report therefore exonerated the manufacturer.

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