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.


 

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