Ninth Foxconn Worker of 2010 Commits Suicide

Earlier this month it emerged that Foxconn had hired monks, councilors and exorcists to try to put an end to the spate of suicides. The company expressed its regret and sorrow for the victims, all aged between 18 and 24.

The latest victim was a 21-year-old man named Nan Gang. Gang is said to have jumped from a fourth floor dormitory about half an hour after finishing his shift last Friday night. The AP also reports that there was another suicide in January. A man jumped to his death at a Foxconn plant in Langfang in Hebei province. His death went unreported until Friday.

Suicide rates for China put the average number of suicides per 100,000 at 23. However, despite these statistics, the Guardian cites a Foxconn spokesperson that says the Shenzhen plant usually only experiences one or two in a year for the roughly 300,000 people working at the factory.

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  • gimpy1
    I don't mean to sound harsh, but given the national average, nine is not bad. We are a little over %39 of the way through the year. Assuming the plant employs 300k people, we would expect 27 suicides at this point.

    So, I guess I am wondering why this is news. When I first read the headline, I assumed that nine suicides was abnormally high. If it were high, I would take that into consideration next time I was shopping for some computer component. I think that the headline may be unfair to Foxconn as it seems to imply something is amiss.
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  • Marco925
    icepick314nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...

    No, they're in your iPhone instead.
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  • icepick314
    nice to know that my electronics are literally made from sweat, tears and blood...

    hope there are no spirits of disgruntled workers in my Zune and Xbox 360...
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  • soo-nah-mee
    How many posts will it be before someone uses the term "Liberal" or "Conservative" and makes it political this time?
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  • gimpy1
    I don't mean to sound harsh, but given the national average, nine is not bad. We are a little over %39 of the way through the year. Assuming the plant employs 300k people, we would expect 27 suicides at this point.

    So, I guess I am wondering why this is news. When I first read the headline, I assumed that nine suicides was abnormally high. If it were high, I would take that into consideration next time I was shopping for some computer component. I think that the headline may be unfair to Foxconn as it seems to imply something is amiss.
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  • burnley14
    There are 300,000 people working at this factory? Only in China I guess . . .
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