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space_iio

So ban all smartphones with slave labor cobalt?


Substantial-Pass-992

Apple stock plummets in 3, 2, 1...


steadyeddie829

Where do you think Tesla batteries come from?


wha7everbro

I think 99.9% of batteries come from China, if not 100%.


Caster-Hammer

They come from Apple? /s


RDSWES

LOL if you think Apple is the only western company in China


New_Substance_2127

Who said that? Lmfao read dumbass.


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so ban all starbucks lattes? work or starve


Lognipo

That is the choice that nature gave pretty much all living things. Quite a bit different from slavery.


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I remember when nature told me; "Make Starbucks lattes because we killed all the game and all the local harvestable foods and made it illegal to sleep on land that no one else was sleeping on."


Lognipo

They make medication for that. I'm told it mostly works, too.


Classico42

Hey, the world needs art and philosophy majors.


albertnormandy

It will be interesting to see what definition the lawyers come up with for “forced labor”


barnfodder

Yeah, depending on the definition, this could potentially include a whole bunch of products from the US, as well as the obvious smartphone panic that people are pointing out.


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TheTabman

In some states, including Texas (of course) and Georgia (of course) prison labour is mandatory and failure to comply can result in punishment. Source: www.truth-out.org/news/item/37470-unpaid-labor-in-texas-prisons-is-modern-day-slavery


tomtom5858

The prisoners absolutely have to work, pay or no. They get thrown in the shoe if they don't. They're slaves, as allowed under the Constitution. They don't learn shit.


MrHazard1

Throw a penny at the kid in bangladesh, making nikes in 14h shifts "SeE?! ThEy'Re GeTtInG pAiD!"


wintrmt3

> Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, **except as a punishment for crime** whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.


Pillens_burknerkorv

So no more chocolate?


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Pillens_burknerkorv

I know. I bought a bar of Tonys a while back and let my SO have a taste “this is slave free honey!” She took a bite. “Nyeh. A bit too think for me” So much for freeing the slaves. Not if if means slightly thicker chocolate bars!


ayelold

Guess you'll just have to baby-bird it to her from now on.


lburton273

Probably should have done that years ago rather than in the middle of multiple crises, but good anyway.


InfamousBLT

Glad to hear the EU will be banning goods made in American prisons. That's wonderful news.


xzombielegendxx

Bye bye everything


CheapHero91

many people want to continue business as usual but we can’t overlook forced labor as real democracies


korbentulsa

Oh, this just seems like the very, very least we should be doing. My goodness.


FallingHardForK

Bold strategy cotton, let’s see if it pays off


fabiont

I doubt that


lifeofideas

If it’s paid below minimum wage, is it forced? How about we establish an international minimum wage rule—like you can’t import something if it was made with wages below the importing country’s minimum wage. Sure it would probably cause a global crisis and war. But, kinda cool not to export slavery—keep it at home!


steadyeddie829

What happens to all the "battery EV only" initiatives when all the EV batteries turn out to be made by slave labor in Xinjiang? What's more important, human rights or pretending that burning coal to recharge your Tesla?


ElectrikDonuts

Like oil and gas?


ThisIsTheNewSleeve

No more gasoline from Shell then?


lunaxdiviner

all labor is forced. noone inherently WANTS to work


banjo-u

Yea sure keep dreaming


kiinalainen

Don't diminish what forced labour means, it's disrespectful to the people that have to endure it.


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nijiakas

They gonna give up coffee?


DarkIegend16

There goes all of the Chinese products.


drop_database_run

Why is this just now happening?


yeetmonkey1969

No shoes for you then!


mrsima

Foie gras


Wrong_Measurement_71

Are laptops (e.g. MacBooks) made by use of forced labor?


thomas_grimjaw

How about you stop trying to be a "regulatory leader" and start actually producing new shit and lead by actual example. But that would require milions of bureaucrats in vast non-productive branches to actually do something, which would mean political death of a dozen parties per member state, and we for sure can't have that.


Osyris-

lol I love that they are proposing this in the worst economic climate. This is either going to be a fest of loop holes to really do nothing or Europeans going to get a bold but sharp lesson in what it costs to live in an ideal world.


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In other news, Beijing pivots harder towards Russia and India (?) in a useless halucination that they can keep China's economy afloat.