Companies shouldn't be able to hand-pass footballs made by children

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre, Justine Nolan writes in the Sydney Morning Herald (24 September 2012). With Australia in the grip of football finals fever, many were shocked at the revelation that Indian children are skipping school and working long hours - earning less than 12¢ an hour and not more than a dollar a day - to stitch sports balls, including footballs, that end up in the hands of Australian children. But in this era of globalisation, companies roam widely searching for the cheapest sources of production.

So is it really shocking to learn that child labour is at the base of this particular supply chain? Isn't it more shocking that we simply accept it as the norm and as the fate that globalisation has dealt us?

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