Not Fit For A Mickey Mouse

Ah, Disney Land, the world of fantasy and girls meeting handsome princes and going off to a wonderful castle and live happily ever after. However, to children in China it means working from 8;00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. handling chemicals without protection and being criticized for not meeting production quotas. A report from China indicates that two factories making toys for the western world employ children between the ages of 14 to 16 in violation of Disney’s own rules about who can work in factories producing their products. China Labor Watch says factories making Winnie the Pooh and Piglet toys employ these children. The organization sent undercover agents to these factories and were able to document the use of children. They discovered some children did not wear gloves when handling chemicals because it slowed them down. After all, when you are 14, what is a few years of your life? The children have money deducted for dormitories, meals and water. They wind up earning about 50 cents per hour.

I wonder if a prince in shining armor could appear and whiz these kids off to a castle in the sky. Until then, how about Disney making certain children are not mistreated?