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    about products made from rubber plantations in Liberia there is a long history from 1926 to recently and here is a little bit of the history:

    In 1926, Firestone opened one of the world's biggest rubber plantations in Liberia, West Africa.

    In 1992, when Charles Taylor formalized the area under his control and established "Greater Liberia", he ensured that the Firestone Tyre company returned to operation, and the company paid Taylor's NPFL $2m a year for 'protection.' It was alleged that 'the warlord's most notorious operations were launched from the property of Firestone'. [24]

    In 2005, a case against Firestone[25] was brought by the International Labor Rights Fund which states,

    “ The Plantation workers allege, among other things, that they remain trapped by poverty and coercion on a frozen-in-time Plantation operated by Firestone in a manner identical to how the Plantation was operated when it was first opened by Firestone in 1926 ”

    Firestone's management rejects these allegations citing that the corporation has provided employment and pensions to thousands of Liberians as well as health care. The company also provides education and training opportunities to employees and their children.[26]

    Latex Collection-In May 2006, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) released a report detailing the state of human rights on Liberia's rubber plantations. According to the report, Firestone managers in Liberia admitted that the company does not effectively monitor its own policy prohibiting child labor. UNMIL found that several factors contribute to the occurrence of child labor on Firestone plantations: pressure to meet company quotas, incentive to support the family financially, and lack of access to basic education. The report also noted that workers' housing provided by Firestone has not been renovated since the houses were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s.[27]

    I don't know if this answer your question or not.  Please let me know if your seeking other information.  There was a documentary on PBS recently about the workers and it showed how they lived.  I don't believe the company did all they said they did for these people, I think they lied.  These companies and corporations take advantage of a country where people are destitute and they exploit people for profit.  That is why at one time we had regulations against this kind abuse.  How Firestone got away with this kind of abuse for years and years is beyond me.  But, this is the true nature of corporations and how they function, they are no better than the slave owners this country fought a civil war over.  People never learn and I'm beginning to think they never change.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 08:07:45 PM PST

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