1.7 million bonded laborers in Pakistan’s Sindh, 700,000 of them children: report

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As many as 1.7 million bonded laborers are in Pakistan’s Sindh province, a non-governmental organization said on the World Day Against Child Labour. Of those 1.7 million, 700,000 are children, working under indecent and inhumane working and living conditions imposed by their landlords, the Dawn newspaper reported citing the Hari Welfare Association (HWA).

More than 6.4 million children are out of school in Sindh, with most of them engaged in the worst forms of indecent child labour, HWA said. From 2013 to 2021, by order of Sindh courts, 3,329 children along with their adult family members were released from the custody of landlords in the agricultural sector, according to data collected by the HWA.

“In addition to the agricultural sector, children under the age of 15 are exploited, abused and tortured in the sectors/activities of bracelet making, brick kilns, fishing, car workshops, cotton picking and chilli in province,” Dawn said, citing HWA President Akram Khaskheli. as told. The HWA president said the relevant authorities had completely ignored the future of these children, adding that most of them work as domestic slaves and their wages are paid to agents, who pay a token sum to their parents. .

According to Khaskheli, sheer ignorance and lack of government policy and plan to eradicate child labor have also aggravated the misery of children. “Government is good at introducing laws, but worse at enforcing them,” he said. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an estimated 160 million children were subject to child labor at the start of 2020, with an additional 9 million children at risk due to the impact of COVID-19 .

This represents nearly 1 in 10 children worldwide. Nearly half of them perform hazardous work which directly endangers their health and moral development. Children may be forced to work for various reasons. Most often, child labor occurs when families face financial hardship or uncertainty – whether due to poverty, the sudden illness of a caregiver, or the loss of a job. a main employee.

“The consequences are staggering. Child labor can cause extreme bodily and mental harm, even death. It can lead to slavery and sexual or economic exploitation. school and health care, limiting their basic rights and threatening their future,” UNICEF said this week.(ANI)

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