Exploited in industry


As countries industrialize, rural poverty causes a growing migration to the cities in the hope of work and a better future.

Businesses seek to employ labor from among the rural poor, and children are cheap.

They work in stone-breaking quarries, on construction sites, in brickworks and chemical factories, in chalk and glassworks, on carpet looms, in workshops making brassware, fireworks, locks, shoes and textiles, in transport, mining, ceramics — and in many other sectors.

Ill-treatment and disease often mark them for life. Lungs are damaged by dust and fumes, backs are malformed through crouching or carrying heavy loads, eyesight ruined by working in poor light.

In some cases, organized gangs or recruiting 'agents' use economic pressure, trickery and advances on wages to persuade often desperate parents to hand over their children.

The children are taken, sometimes as bonded labor, to distant towns, and are made to work long hours for little or no pay.

Their lives are not their own.






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Last Updated April 01, 2007