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India: Children found stitching shoes in hazardous conditions for global market in Agra

Author: Roli Srivastava, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 3 January 2018

"Children stitch shoes for global market in India's tourist magnet Agra", 19 December 2017

Children as young as eight miss school and toil in hazardous conditions to make shoes for the global market in Agra...[C]alling on shoe brands to work with the local government to clean up their supply chains. 

... Agra is a major shoe making centre, producing nearly 200 million pairs of shoes annually in an industry that employs a quarter of the city’s population... 

Children in small informal workshops and households were found to be involved in the manufacturing process, from hand and machine stitching to applying adhesive and packing shoes... 

..."children followed no fixed work hours...They don’t take breaks as they earn by each piece they make”.... 

[State] labour officials did not respond to requests for comments.

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