Child Labor at Brick
Factories in Pakistan
Aid agencies estimate
that around 11 million children 4 to 14 are in the
labor force in Pakistan, half them children under the
age of ten. Despite a recent series of laws
prohibiting child labor and indentured servitude,
children make up a quarter of the unskilled work
force, earning on average a third of the adult wage.
The brick industry especially relies on children for
almost all of its labor. This child labor pool in
Pakistan is all but inexhaustible, due to Pakistan's
high birth rate and the fact that its education system
can only accommodate only about a third of the
country's school-age children.
A boy shovels up mud to be converted into
bricks in rural Pakistan.