Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector

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Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector is the largest single first-hand study of slavery and child labor conducted to date, and the largest single study of slavery and child labor in a commodity’s supply chain. Kara was the lead investigator and author of the report, which was released through […]

Cleaning human waste

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“Manual Scavenging,” Caste, and Discrimination in India

AUGUST 25, 2014

This 96-page report documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging. Across India, castes that work as “manual scavengers” collect human excrement on a daily basis, and carry it away in cane baskets for disposal. Women from this caste usually clean dry toilets in homes, while men […]

Inclusive Vulnerability Mapping & Monitoring of Post Disaster Response

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Harvard child labour expert, Siddharth Kara, comments that caste is a key factor underlying child slavery in India. He says that,
“Every single child labourer that I have documented comes from a highly impoverished family unit and belongs to a low-caste or minority community.”
It is Kara’s second explosive study of slavery, this time focusing on […]