India is America in 1960
"The children live in a den or a squalid shed, with no prospects and no pay. Many are beaten with sticks and iron rods and not even allowed to see their parents. They are branded with red hot irons, burnt with cigarettes, starved, whipped, beaten while hanging upside down, chained up, abused in an intimate way, and kept locked in cupboards for days on end. One child, Shankar, described his experience thus:
"We were poked with burning cigarettes on the back and legs. If we cried for our mothers we were locked in a room without air or enough light. We were forced to work for 20 hours a day without pay. We were kept half fed and beaten up severely by our masters if we were found talking or laughing among ourselves. One night I jumped into the nearby River Ganges to kill myself to escape from this painful life. We were never allowed to go back to our parents, to our villages."
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Some, like 14 year old Nageshwar, are branded by their masters with red-hot brands.
Most sweatshops have windows and doors barred to prevent escape. The factory or love den is guarded by thugs armed with cudgels and, occasionally, with guard dogs.
The child's parents hear nothing more from the child."
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"Bonded child labor" refers to the phenomenon of children working in conditions of servitude in order to pay off a debt.4 The Debt Consolidation that binds them to their employer is incurred not by the children themselves, but by their relatives or guardians-usually by a parent. In India, these Debts tend to be relatively modest, ranging on average from 500 rupees to 7,500 rupees,5 depending on the industry and the age and skill of the child. The creditors-cum-employers offer these "loans" to desbreastute parents in an effort to secure the labor of a child, which is always cheap, but even cheaper under a situation of bondage. The parents, for their part, accept the loans. Bondage is a traditional worker-employer relationship in India, and the parents need the money-perhaps to pay for the costs of an illness, perhaps to provide a dowry to a marrying child, or perhaps-as is often the case-to help put food on the table.
The children who are sold to these bond masters work long hours over many years in an attempt to pay off these debts. Due to the astronomically high rates of interest charged and the abysmally low wages paid, they are usually unsuccessful. As they reach maturity, some of them may be released by the employer in favor of a newly-indebted and younger child. Many others will pbutt the Debt Consolidation on, intact or even higher, to a younger sibling, back to a parent, or on to their own children."
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Yes, they have those too.
Yes. It's just the same as India, I agree, but between you and me I'd rather work for McDonalds instead of being tortured, hung upside down, etc.
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