They are unconcerned with the altogether more contentious questions that underpin the reality of contemporary slavery, such as state-acquiescence in caste- or ethnicity-based discrimination, denial of freedom of association and union rights to workers, undermining of rule of national and international law, refusal to establish safe migration routes for vulnerable workers seeking decent work, and the decriminalised international trade in slavery-produced goods and services.
A photo essay on the city's conservatory workers shines light on the deplorable conditions they live and work in.
The girl, employed by a spinning mill was brutally attacked by the mill owners after trying to escape – says NGO demanding the arrest of the owners.
“Study finds that bondage has spread from farm sector to fast-food chains, carpet-making units"
Government signals plan to stimulate economic growth by removing basic protections for workers and ending ban on child labour
An amendment to the act that was set to make child labour illegal will push millions of marginalised children in India into work rather than education
By Stella Paul. The pair leads a simple yet contented life – they subsist on half a dollar a day, stitch their own clothes and participate in schemes to educate their community in the Bellary district of the Southwest Indian state of Karnataka. But not so very long ago, both women were slaves. They have fought an exhausting battle to get to where they are today, pushing against two evils that lurk in this mineral-rich state: the practice of sexual slavery in Hindu temples, and forced labour in the illegal mines that dot Bellary District, home to 25 percent of India’s iron ore reserves. Finally free of the yoke of dual-slavery, they are determined to preserve their hard-won existence, humble though it may be.
"Men would shuffle in and out of my room at night as if I had no right over my body, only they did. It broke me down completely." -- A 27-year-old Dalit woman, forced to serve as a 'temple slave' in South India
Despite laws preventing manual scavenging, the tradition of the lower caste people of removing human waste is still alive in India. Kavita presents us with the life of a manual scavenger and the hardships she faces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jlU7SLZYmg.
Opinion piece by Director of Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade.
Kabir Akon, a child rights campaigner who works for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, says that the complexity of class and caste is one of the main reasons it is so hard to improve labor conditions.
A Dalit woman stands outside a dry toilet located in an upper caste villager’s home in Mainpuri, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The village has witnessed major violence against those who have tried to leave the profession of ‘manual scavenging’. Credit: Shai Venkatraman/IPS