SEOUL: Chinese supplier suspected of employing child labor.

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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it had suspended business with a Chinese supplier it suspected of employing child labor, less than a week later a U.S. watchdog report accused the supplier of using under-aged workers.

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The South Korean smartphone maker said it found an “illegal hiring process” at Dongguan Shin Yang Electronics Co Ltd, which provides mobile phone screens and parts. Dongguan Shin Yang Electronics could not immediately be contacted for comment.

South Korean firm Shin Yang Engineering Co Ltd, which possesses all of Dongguan Shin Yang, also could not be immediately contacted for comment.

Samsung added that it had previously found no child actors at the Chinese company in three audits since 2013. The latest audit ended on June 25.

“The Chinese authorities are also looking into the lawsuit,” Samsung said in a statement on Monday, adding that it would switch off all ties with the supplier if the allegations were genuine.

“If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsung will permanently halt business with the provider in accordance with its zero-tolerance policy on child labor,” it read.

U. S. -based China Labor Watch released a story on Thursday saying that the Chinese firm used child labor. The U.S. watchdog said it had found “at least five child workers” without contracts at the provider.

Samsung demands suppliers adopt a hiring procedure that includes face-to-face interviews and the usage of scanners to detect fake IDs, to guarantee no child laborers are hired. But China Labor Watch said that Samsung’s monitoring system was inefficient.

The watchdog accused one of Samsung’s suppliers of using child labour in 2012. Samsung subsequently said it found no under-aged workers at the facility.

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