Child slave labor in mica mines in Madagascar, where young children work 13 hours a day for pennies

EXCLUSIVE: Heartbreaking victims of child slaves as young as THIE who work 16 hours a day in 100 degree heat mining mica to power telephones – and take home less than a dollar every week

  • NBC News will broadcast an exhibition about children in Madagascar who are already young as three who work in slavely circumstances to mine the mica that drives telephones and cars.
  • Cynthia McFadden traveled to the country for the report, the first part of which is broadcast Monday to Monday during 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM followed by part two on NBC Nightly News
  • In an exclusive clip from DailyMail.com, McFadden meets a young mother and her four children who are all under five years old
  • The five family members are paid less than $ 3 each week to work from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and every day they split a bowl of rice for their meal
  • McFadden told DailyMail.com that she heard this, she had to & # 39; run away & # 39; and composed herself before returning to the shoot
  • While recording, one of the foreman bragged about the benefits of using children to mine mica because of their small hands
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The mineral that is used to power aircraft, cars and telephones gives shine to paint and cosmetics and even serves as thermal insulation by children in Madagascar.

A multi-volume NBC News survey that is being broadcast Today during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, mica and the young children who spend 13 hours a day in the sweltering heat on their way to rocks in search of the mineral will be looked closer.

Cynthia McFadden traveled to Madagascar for this report, and even she had to give up one opinion after she was overcome with tears

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& # 39; This story eats me up, makes me angry. We have encountered several companies in Madagascar that process and ship the mica. They are well aware that children are an essential part of their business model & # 39 ;, McFadden tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.

& # 39; They tell us they can't do anything. I pray that when people see our story, they will demand that companies clean it up. & # 39;

Video from McFadden touring one of the sights even recorded the moment when the foreman praised the virtues of the children and their little hands.

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Employee: NBC News will broadcast an exposure about children in Madagascar who are already three years old (a young girl above) who work in slavely circumstances to mine the mica that drives phones and cars.

Employee: NBC News will broadcast an exposure about children in Madagascar who are already three years old (a young girl above) who work in slavely circumstances to mine the mica that drives phones and cars.

Young son: Cynthia McFadden traveled to the country for the report, the first part of which will be broadcast today at 9:00 AM, followed by part two on NBC Nightly News

Young son: Cynthia McFadden traveled to the country for the report, the first part of which will be broadcast today at 9:00 AM, followed by part two on NBC Nightly News

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Young son: Cynthia McFadden traveled to the country for the report, the first part of which will be broadcast today at 9:00 AM, followed by part two on NBC Nightly News

Making a change: & # 39; I remember thinking to myself: & # 39; If you don't feel anything about what you see, you don't do your job; if you feel too much, you cannot do your job & # 39;, & # 39; McFadden told DailyMail.com

Making a change: & # 39; I remember thinking to myself: & # 39; If you don't feel anything about what you see, you don't do your job; if you feel too much, you cannot do your job & # 39;, & # 39; McFadden told DailyMail.com

Making a change: & # 39; I remember thinking to myself: & # 39; If you don't feel anything about what you see, you don't do your job; if you feel too much, you cannot do your job & # 39;, & # 39; McFadden told DailyMail.com

Destruction: The most heartbreaking moment in the preview of DailyMail.com is when McFaddenn meets a young mother (upstairs with her two sons) who is working hard to mica

Destruction: The most heartbreaking moment in the preview of DailyMail.com is when McFaddenn meets a young mother (upstairs with her two sons) who is working hard to mica

Destruction: The most heartbreaking moment in the preview of DailyMail.com is when McFaddenn meets a young mother (upstairs with her two sons) who is working hard to mica

Harrowing: In an exclusive clip from DailyMail.com, McFadden (top left) meets a young mother and her four children who are all under the age of seven
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Harrowing: In an exclusive clip from DailyMail.com, McFadden (top left) meets a young mother and her four children who are all under the age of seven

Harrowing: In an exclusive clip from DailyMail.com, McFadden (top left) meets a young mother and her four children who are all under the age of seven

The most heartbreaking moment in the preview of DailyMail.com is when McFadden meets a young mother who is working hard for mining – alongside her four children, all of whom appear to be under five years old.

& # 39; We see a mother of four working with her children who sort mica in more than 100 degrees of weather. There is no shadow. They were already five hours, they are still six to go & # 39 ;, says McFadden.

& # 39; They all work. Except for the baby that just stares. The five share one cup of rice per day. That's all they can afford for the $ 3.00 a week they earn. & # 39;

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Then it all became too much to handle for McFadden, who commented that she should & # 39; walk away & # 39; and had to compose herself before returning to the shoot.

& # 39; I remember thinking to myself: & # 39; If you don't feel anything about what you see, you don't do your job; if you feel too much, you can't do your job & # 39 ;, she told DailyMail.com.

She also spoke about the remote and poor area, making the situation even more grim for those who work day and night to stay alive.

Employees: & # 39; It was a physically demanding journey. The area is remote, rarely seen by outsiders. There are some red & # 39; red & # 39; or & # 39; no-go & # 39; zones designated for local violence & # 39 ;, McFadden explains

Employees: & # 39; It was a physically demanding journey. The area is remote, rarely seen by outsiders. There are some red & # 39; red & # 39; or & # 39; no-go & # 39; zones designated for local violence & # 39 ;, McFadden explains

Employees: & # 39; It was a physically demanding journey. The area is remote, rarely seen by outsiders. There are some red & # 39; red & # 39; or & # 39; no-go & # 39; zones designated for local violence & # 39 ;, McFadden explains

Conditions: The five family members are paid less than $ 3 each week from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. work in the evening, and split a bowl of rice every day for their meal
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Conditions: The five family members are paid less than $ 3 each week from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. work in the evening, and split a bowl of rice every day for their meal

Conditions: The five family members are paid less than $ 3 each week from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. work in the evening, and split a bowl of rice every day for their meal

Grim reality: McFadden told DailyMail.com that she heard this, she & # 39; had to run away & # 39; and had to compose herself before returning to the shoot

Grim reality: McFadden told DailyMail.com that she heard this, she & # 39; had to run away & # 39; and had to compose herself before returning to the shoot

Grim reality: McFadden told DailyMail.com that she heard this, she & # 39; had to run away & # 39; and had to compose herself before returning to the shoot

Change: & # 39; We have encountered several companies in Madagascar that process and ship the mica. They are well aware that children are an essential part of their business model. They tell us they can't do anything & # 39;

Change: & # 39; We have encountered several companies in Madagascar that process and ship the mica. They are well aware that children are an essential part of their business model. They tell us they can't do anything & # 39;

Change: & # 39; We have encountered several companies in Madagascar that process and ship the mica. They are well aware that children are an essential part of their business model. They tell us they can't do anything & # 39;

& # 39; It was a physically demanding journey. The area is remote, rarely seen by outsiders. There are some red & # 39; red & # 39; or & # 39; no-go & # 39; zones designated for local violence & # 39 ;, McFadden explains.

& # 39; We slept in very primitive shelters without running water. And an additional personal obstacle: I traveled with a broken ankle, scrambled around mica pits in plaster. & # 39;

She now hopes that her new revelation, which will appear in the course of this week, will finally make a change.

& # 39; This story is eating me up, making me angry & # 39 ;, McFadden said.

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& # 39; We have encountered several companies in Madagascar that process and ship the mica. They are well aware that children are an essential part of their business model. They tell us they can't do anything.

& # 39; I pray that when people see our story, they will demand that companies clean it up. & # 39;

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