Two companies based in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province have been confirmed to have hired nine child laborers, local authorities said.
The Fuyong Street subdistrict office of Baoan district announced on Monday that Shenzhen Click Technology and Shenzhen Datlink Electronics had been proven to have employed nine child laborers under the age of 16, and authorities are verifying the ages and identities of another 20 suspected child laborers.
Local media reported at the end of 2013 that Shenzhen Click Technology was suspected of hiring dozens of child laborers from Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. According to the media reports, the children, mostly girls, had to work 12 hours a day and earned a monthly salary of only 2000 yuan (US$330).
The children have already been sent back to their homes.
The human resources bureau of Baoshan district ordered the two companies to correct their practices, and fined Shenzhen Click Technology 10,000 yuan (US$1653) and Shenzhen Datlink Electronics 35,000 yuan (US$5785.5).