ANTI-SLAVERY
SOCIETY

FIGHTING SLAVERY TODAY

Bonded Child Labor

Bonded child working in brick kiln factory
(Photo taken by Mathias Heng during Mission funded by the Society.  Copyright Mathias Heng)

Section 2 of the Slave Trade Act 1843 enacted by the British Parliament declared "persons holden in servitude as pledges for debt", ie, bonded laborers, to "be slaves or persons intended to be dealt with as slaves" for the purpose of the Slave Trade Act 1824 and the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

Bonded child working in brick kiln factory
(Photo taken by Mathias Heng during Mission funded by the Society.  Copyright Mathias Heng).

Bonded labor and, in particular, bonded child labor, exists in Pakistan, India and Nepal.  These children, known in India as peyjolis and kuthias, are, in effect, the slaves of feudal landowners or carpet loom masters.

Where the whole family is in bondage, the child must watch helplessly as his mother is assaulted by his master in the bushes, or watch his father being lashed at the plough or in the quarry.

Under Article 1(a) of the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery 1956, parties to the Convention are required to adopt measures to bring about the complete abolition of debt bondage.

The material in this report is based on a Mission to South Asia by the Society's Secretary-General.

THE SOCIETY IN ACTION

Since 1996, the Society has been working to free bonded child laborers in India, and, through its efforts, many bonded child laborers are now free and attending school in the State of Karnataka in India.

This is a photograph of one of the many children released from bondage who have been assisted by this program.

THIS IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION


Links to other pages dealing with this issue:

Bonded labor in the carpet weaving industry

Rugmark rugs and carpets

Goods made by child labor

Different forms of child labor

Child labor generally

Society's overseas programs in Africa and Asia


Internet links:

Nepal police free bonded child laborers in the carpet industry

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TRAFFICKING

CHILD
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