China, company seek answers to rash of suicides
(CNN) -- Liang Chao was a typical farmer's son who migrated to the city seeking a better life. He seemed to have found it in Shenzhen, a booming city in southern China, where he worked at Foxconn, a company better known for producing components for Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other companies.
But the 21-year-old worker was found dead on May 14 after falling from the seventh floor of a factory dormitory, according to local police.
Liang's death was the ninth in a spate of similar incidents in which Foxconn employees have fallen to their deaths from buildings. Shenzhen police are treating the cases as suicides.
Liu Kun, a spokesman for the Taiwanese-owned Foxconn, said: "According to the police, most of the nine employees were suffering from personal problems related to emotions or health."
A few days after Liang's death, another Foxconn employee died after falling from a building at the Shenzhen factory complex. In all, state-run media reports there have been 10 deaths and two failed suicide attempts over the past five months.