Children of the stone quarries [India]
Author: Mari Marcel Thekaekara, InfoChange News & Features [India], Published on: 1 December 2008
Anti-Slavery International estimates that roughly 1 million children work in India’s stone quarries (ILAB report, 2003)...these children are “invisible”. They don’t exist on paper; only their parents work...Children working in quarries experience the constant risk of accidents, injury and chronic health hazards. There are rarely any opportunities for healthcare or education. They are also extremely vulnerable to trafficking and sexual abuse...By employing child labour, exploitative mine owners and contractors blatantly violate the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986...There is a huge demand for cheap minerals and stones (marble, granite etc) by the construction industry both within India and for export to countries like the UK, US and EU. And to eastern countries like China, Japan and Korea. This makes the situation worse.