Jon & Kate Plus 8 in Trouble for Child Exploitation

After the recent drama that aired on the season 5 premier of TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8, more problems are arising with regards to child labor laws and child exploitation that could bring the series to a crashing halt. According to the media, the Department of Labor in Pennsylvania received a complaint from an anonymous source which is currently under investigation.

In a statement released to the media, the Department of Labor released a statement clarifying that their investigation stems from a report alone and has not been independently initiated. “We don’t initiate the charge. We receive a complaint and we respond. We’re what’s called complaint driven. So if somebody’s going to file some kind of charge a party has violated Pennsylvania labor law, they go to our website, download a form, fill it out and send it to us and we respond. We are complaint driven. We don’t initiate it, but we’ll conduct an investigation if we receive a complaint.”

While last week Kate clarified on Jon & Kate Plus 8 that none of her children are forced to film during the average 3 days a week the TLC crew shoots the family, it appears that not everyone watching the hit show is ready to sit back on watch the drama unfold in the spotlight that is leading them down the road towards divorce. While the show many be providing the sextuplets and twins parented by Jon and Kate Gosselin opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have in their lives today, or later down the road; it’s not hard to see, with the current plotline surrounding the couples’ marital trouble, that it might also be responsible for tearing the family apart.

TLC assured viewers in a statement that they abide by all Pennsylvania laws “TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Jon & Kate Plus 8 is no exception. For an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. We will continue to engage the appropriate officials and meet any standards or regulations that are applicable to TLC productions.”

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