Images released by the Labor Department during a segment on “60 Minutes” show kids as young as 13 being hired by Blackstone to clean slaughterhouses.
Disturbing photos show kids — some possibly as young as 13 — being put to work at a Nebraska slaughterhouse after being hired by a cleaning company owned by billionaire Stephen Schwarzman’s buyout firm Blackstone, a Labor Department probe revealed.
The shocking images — released by the Labor Department during a segment on “60 Minutes” — show children wearing protective glasses, hard hats, gloves and water-wicking jackets while carrying buckets and other tools while working for Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI) at a meat processing plant in Grand Island, Neb.
The kids likely washed bloody floors and razor-sharp machines, like back saws, head splitters and brisket saws, with potent chemicals and hot water, an investigator for the federal agency told “60 Minutes” anchor Scott Pelley on Sunday.
The Labor Department launched its investigation into PSSI last August after a 14-year-old girl at Walnut Middle School in Grand Island came to school with acid burns on her hands and knees.
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The ensuing probe found that the company hired 102 children between the ages of 13 and 17 among PSSI’s thousands of workers at 13 meat-packing plants in eight different states.
“There was no way this was just a mistake, a clerical error, a handful of rogue individuals getting through. This was the standard operating procedure,” Shannon Rebolledo, the Labor Department investigator who uncovered the abuse, told “60 Minutes.”
A Department of Labor investigation found that 10-year-old boys were working at McDonald’s until 2 am and tracked a 69% increase in illegally employed children since 2018.