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Haunting images of child labour around the world

Last updated on: June 15, 2012 08:05 IST

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Child labour refers to the employment of children at regular and sustained labour. This practice is considered exploitative by many international organisations and is illegal in many countries, including India.

Here we take a look at child labour around the world.

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Image: Mithun, 11, poses for a photo at a laterite brick mine in Ratnagiri district, about 360km south of Mumbai. He is paid Rs 2 per brick and carries an average of 100 bricks out of the mine per day. Each brick costs between Rs 10-14, and weighs around 40kg.
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Tags: , India

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Josue Alexander Chavez, nine-year-old, uses a hammer to break stones as he works near the road to Mazatenango, about 165km north of Guatemala City.

Chavez works with his parents, breaking stones for the construction of houses. He works from 7am-5pm and makes 20 quetzales ($2.50) per day.

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Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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Josue Alexander Chavez carries a hammer as his father Mario Chavez gathers stones near the road to Mazatenango, about 165km north of Guatemala City.

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Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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Josue Alexander Chavez uses a hammer to break stones north of Guatemala City.

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Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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A girl covers her face near the road to Mazatenango, where she fills holes in the road with earth in exchange for money, about 165km north of Guatemala City.

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Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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A boy yawns as he waits for customers at his roadside apple stall in Kabul.

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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Seven-year-old Wasim works in a bakery workshop on outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Naser, seven-year-old, works at a metal workshop which makes propellers for ships at a ship-building yard next to Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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A boy works in a traditional factory producing coal about 30km south of the city of Taiz, Yemen.

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Sayaghi/Reuters
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Waste collector Dinesh Mukherjee, 11, uses a magnet attached to a wooden stick to collect pieces of loose metal at the Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi.

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Photographs: Atish Patel/Reuters

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Twelve-year-old Nepalese, Sirjan Rai, rests on the mountain footpath while carrying goods towards Dingboche, Nepal. Earning about Nepalis Rs 3,000 per month, Sirjan helps works as a porter to help provide for his family in Pangboche.

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Photographs: Laurence Tan/Reuters

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Boys pan for gold on a riverside at Iga Barriere, 25km from Bunia, in the resource-rich Ituri region of eastern Congo.

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Photographs: Finbarr OReilly/Reuters

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A boy tries to sell a hand made hat to tourists at a public beach in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.

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Photographs: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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A girl arranges bricks at a brick factory in Tharvai village, 35km from Allahabad.

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
Tags: , Tharvai , Allahabad

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A child worker picks coffee beans from coffee plants at a plantation in El Paraiso, Honduras.

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Photographs: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

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Child labourers sit on their wheelbarrows while waiting for work at a local market early in the morning in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Photographs: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

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Riffat, eight-year-old, splashes water on his face as he works at a vehicle spare parts store in Dholaikhal, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Simon, 12, holds a light to assist his supervisor working on a motorcycle engine at a workshop in Islamabad. Simon earns Pakistani Rs 20 a day working as a helper at the workshop.

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Photographs: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

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Czoton, seven-year-old, works at a balloon factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. About 20 children are employed at the factory and most of them work for 12 hours a day. The weekly wage is 150 taka ($2.14) for the children.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters
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Tota Miya, 10, shows his hands after preparing soil to make bricks in a brick field on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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A boy poses as he stands in front of a shop selling scraps in the old quarters of Delhi.

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Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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An illegal immigrant boy from Myanmar collects plastic at a rubbish dump site near Mae Sot. Despite terrible living conditions and the fear of being sent back to their country, several hundred illegal immigrants from Myanmar live and earn an average of $1 per day collecting plastic at the rubbish dump near the border town of Mae Sot, Thailand.

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Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Children working as rag pickers search for scrap at a garbage dump in Siliguri.

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Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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A boy carries rubbish for recycling outside Kabul. About 1.2 million Afghan children carry out part or full time work, the government says, in a country where war, poverty, widespread unemployment and a preference for large families have created a huge underage labour market.

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters
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A boy works at a brick-making factory outside Kabul. Labourers, most of whom work barefoot and without gloves, earn from $3 to $8 a day depending on their working hours and the number of bricks they make.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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Afghan boy Abdul Wahab works in a blacksmith's shop in Kabul.

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

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Afghan boy Abdul Wahab rests after work in a blacksmith's shop in Kabul.

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

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Siddiqullah,12, carries a basket of potatoes to nearby vegetable and fruit vendors in Karachi.

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Photographs: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

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A cobbler walks in a closed market during a partial strike called by traders against power cuts in Lahore.

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Photographs: Mohsin Raza/Reuters
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Ahsan, 12, stands looking over an oven at a brick yard in the outskirts of Islamabad. Ahsan works with his family members at the brick yard and earns about Pakistani Rs 300 ($3.5) per day.


Photographs: Mian Khursheed/Reuters

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