UNOHCHR - Nepal's child labourers

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This is Sanghita. She's only 12 years old, but she has been working in this house for three years already. Her jobs, at which she slaves from 6am to 9pm every day, include sweeping, washing clothes and collecting manure. Every year in January, her mother comes to collect her annual wages from her masters. It turns out that 365 days of Sanghita's life are worth US$60, or 16 cents a day.<br />
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So ingrained is the caste system, that few Nepalese realise that this kind of child slavery is now illegal, but Sanghita's master should know better. He's an ex-parliamentarian.<br />
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Among Nepal's untouchable class are the Kamaiya - a social group who have traditionally sold themselves and their children into bonded labour, for as little as US$50 a year. Even though the Kamaiya system has been legally abolished, the practice of bonded child labour, or kamalari, is still prevalent. The children perform menial labour, mostly as domestic servants, or in small businesses and on farms. They work all day, every day. They have no childhoods. They don't go to school. There is nowhere to turn if they are abused. They have almost no chance of breaking out of this poisonous system to make a better life for themselves or their own children in the future.<br />
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This has been going on for 2,000 years.

This is Sanghita. She's only 12 years old, but she has been working in this house for three years already. Her jobs, at which she slaves from 6am to 9pm every day, include sweeping, washing clothes and collecting manure. Every year in January, her mother comes to collect her annual wages from her masters. It turns out that 365 days of Sanghita's life are worth US$60, or 16 cents a day.

So ingrained is the caste system, that few Nepalese realise that this kind of child slavery...
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