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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:45 AM

 

The ghetto kids earning just 10p an hour making gifts for the Middletons' £30m business empire

By Mirror.co.uk
KATE MIDDLETON
The ghetto kids earning just 10p an hour making gifts for the Middletons' £30m business empire

24 Feb 2013 00:00
An investigation has ­revealed that the firm's popular party toys were made in Mexican ghettos by children as young as FOUR and their parents


Maria Villegas is helped by her son Omar, four, and other relatives as she makes pinatas
James Breeden/Splash News
The party firm run by Kate Middleton's parents is ­accused of selling goods made by child labourers on just 10p an hour.

Carole and Michael Middleton’s Party Pieces offers pinatas – ­colourful cardboard figures filled with sweets – on its website for around £12.99 a time.

But an investigation has ­revealed that the £30million company’s popular party toys were made in Mexican ghettos by children as young as FOUR and their parents.

Last night Party Pieces responded to the claims on Twitter, saying: “As a responsible retailer we take the allegations seriously. We will work with our suppliers to investigate these claims.”

The firm sells 40 types of pinatas, which are popular for children’s parties. Created in a range of designs, from lions and castles to Minnie Mouse, the toys break open spilling out sweets when hit with a stick.

But life is far from fun for the families who put them together in shanty towns surrounding the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

They work in their own homes which means they are not subject to Mexico’s minimum wage of around 49p an hour, according to newspaper investigators.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middletons-family-child-labour-1727903

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nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #1

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:53 AM

1. Ghetto kids s not the right term

But...this also means a series of bribes up and down two governments. (The US and Mexican government)

Now...I wonder how much good would it do to send this story to ahem friends in the Mexican Press? And one rang bells, as in cartels.

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