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Deepa's job is to clean the house and look after the owner's child. Bringing up a young boy is difficult, but there's plenty of time for smiles with Deepa to do all the work.<br />
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There's not much time for Deepa though, who works for almost every one of her waking hours. I ask Deepa if she has any toys and she looks confused. She doesn't seem to understand the concept of play.<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.

Deepa's job is to clean the house and look after the owner's child. Bringing up a young boy is difficult, but there's plenty of time for smiles with Deepa to do all the work.

There's not much time for Deepa though, who works for almost every one of her waking hours. I ask Deepa if she has any toys and she looks confused. She doesn't seem to understand the concept of play.

Among Nepal's untouchable class are the Kamaiya - a social group who have traditionally sold...
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