The complaint filed on behalf of 14 families from Democratic Republic of Congo against Tesla, Apple, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft and Dell Technologies says the companies allowed forced labour that led to the death and injury of their children.
As the government decriminalised gold digging in the country three years ago, violence perpetrated by robbers and mining mafia is on the surge. Many miners now carry machetes for self defense.
Officials say the incident happened at Black Mountain in the town of Kitwe, where artisanal miners have taken to re-mining the waste site for copper and other metals.
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