Pakistan: Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton raises money to help bonded labour at brick kilns

Author: Jacob Shamisan, Business Insider, Published on: 18 August 2015

Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton has...been trying to raise money to fight Pakistan’s modern version of slavery: the bonded labour at brick kilns...“Over 20,000 brick kilns operate in Pakistan, supported by millions of workers, and the system is largely underpinned by an extremely close cousin of slavery — bonded labour,” Stanton explained on Facebook. “If the laborer dies, the debt is passed on to his or her children...The woman leading the charge against the bonded labour practice is Syeda Ghulam Fatima, the head of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front whom Stanton dubbed “The Harriet Tubman of Pakistan.” Stanton started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $US100,000 for BLLF in a month-long campaign. It quickly smashed that goal, raising over $US1.8 million in the past three days...An Al Jazeera article from last year found abuse, trafficking, and child labour rife throughout the industry.

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