1. 1st of all, Bill Weir EXPLICITLY states (around the 4 min mark) that there's workers 17 yrs old, etc. Not exactly a deep, dark secret that they attempted to hide from knowledge.
2. I like how the goalposts are constantly moved. 13 has now become 16. Do I consider 16 an under-age worker? No, I don't.
3. When you want to discover potential abuses, it helps to look at motivation and intent. What specific motivation does Foxconn have to purposely hire underage workers? There are tens of thousands dying to work @ Foxconn, as we;ve seen from the footage. Foxconn isn't exactly desperately looking for underage employees to fill positions.
4. Would it have been in Foxconn's best interest to 'clean-house' a bit and move the younger employees (16-17) away from the section they were going to cover and interview people in? Sure. Any other company would have done the same. I would also try to show my company in the best light if it was being reported on, and if the stakes were so high. This does not equate to 'hiding all their 13 yr old slave workers in the dungeons', as some have implied through conspiracy theories.
Honestly, it seems some are chomping at the bit to imagine up sinister conspiracy theories in order to get some time in the spotlight and exploit the issue. We've seen no evidence that there's deep, dark secrets being hidden, and Apple/Foxconn has been more transparent than I would ever have expected them to. What we saw it probably very close to the daily reality of the place, as it is in thousands of other assembly lines. Might infractions be exposed in the future with all these audits? I'd be surprised if that wasn't the case, as we're talking about a company that employs hundreds of thousands of people. The important thing is to try and stay sane and take everything into context. Nothing I've seen 'horrifies' me, but maybe it's because I wasn't ignorant enough not to expect these exact scenes. I mean honestly- I have no idea of what some people expected an assembly line in China to look line, if they were shocked or horrified by this. I'd chalk it up to extreme ignorance, and the opinion of someone with this level of grotesque ignorance on the matter, completely disconnected from reality, would not interest me in the least.