Staffing the iPhone Supply Chain, With Help From Bogus Documents

Bibek Dhong, a former electronics factory worker, left, sits with Salome, his wife, at their home in a village near Kathmandu, Nepal, in Oct. 2013 Photograph by Cam Simpson/Bloomberg

During the rollout of the iPhone 5 last year, the demand for speed was so great in Apple’s supply chain that it sparked a recruiting frenzy across the Himalayan nation of Nepal. Four brokers had been formally retained to find 1,500 men and send them to work in a Flextronics International factory in Malaysia that turns out cameras for the new handset—and they were told to send the men as quickly as possible.

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