Children Forced To Work As Slaves In Horrific Conditions

Children Forced To Work As Slaves In Horrific Conditions
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Children are aimed to go to school, learn new things, grow and develop so that they can have a bright future ahead and most importantly nothing should hinder their growths. These photographs show the dark reality of Keraniganji, Bangladesh where children are forced to work in unregulated workshops. These factories supply cloth to Indian as well as their local markets and by some strong sources they supply clothes to international market too.

Photographer Claudio Montesano Casillas went inside sweatshops and captured the terrifying reality of the factories where these innocent children are working and how they are mistreated as slaves.

Holding needles to sew instead of pencil to draw

Holding needles to sew instead of pencil to draw

These so called factories in which one room had 15 sewing machines and without any kind of safety regulations no emergency exit no fire extinguishers. Children do not go to school and are given difficult tasks like

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Showering!

Showering!
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Due to workload these children eat, sleep and bath in the factory itself. They are only given a half day off per week.

About a million children aged 10-14 are working as child laborers in Bangladesh

About a million children aged 10-14 are working as child laborers in Bangladesh
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They work for continuous 6 hours and start working from early morning to late till dusk. They are paid very less and they live inside the factories or rent a room nearby

Shattered dreams in their eyes

Shattered dreams in their eyes
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They came to seek employment to live a better life, but they ended up living a disastrous life.

A young worker

A young worker
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This girl was given the task of removing extra stitches from blue jeans. Despite so many laws made by the government these shops are unregistered and are never inspected by the officials.

These clothes have been made in the informal factories of Dhaka

These clothes have been made in the informal factories of Dhaka
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A wholesale distributor showroom of men trousers produced at an informal factory in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh said that 80% factories are safe to work in. These factories are the economic lifeline of the country with more female workers working

Electricity Panel

Electricity Panel
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These panels show the pathetic conditions. Due to poor wiring the risk of catching fire highly increases. These are below the electrical safety standards and people don't have basic awareness.

Smiling through the harsh realities

Smiling through the harsh realities
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This young worker is assigned the job of stitching blue labels to blue jeans. More than 1,100 people died at a garment factory fire outside Dhaka in 2013 in one of Bangladesh's worst industrial accidents.

She is Shanta and she is aged only 11

She is Shanta and she is aged only 11
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It's one year since she is working in the garment factory and she is basically from Madaripur District, Bangladesh.

This is how it is!

This is how it is!
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This is one the garment factories that is situated on the outskirts of the center of Dhaka.

What was their mistake?

What was their mistake?
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These factories don't have standard safety as found in other export-oriented factories they are of very poor standard. There is a huge difference between the working conditions of the formal and informal garment factories.

Between school and work

Between school and work
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These tender hands are made to do work that is beyond their ability. They are only given a half day off from work in a week.

Pollution

Pollution
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This is how the landscape looks like behind the garment factory, and there are about hundreds of factories in this area

Deteriorated Condition

Deteriorated Condition
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Unregulated clothing production may contribute to the extensive water pollution and leaching of toxic chemicals into Bangladesh waterways. This may lead to severe deadly diseases too.

A woman at work

A woman at work
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On an average, a worker is able to stitch about thousand pieces and after so much of hard work they are paid very less.

To play with or to commercially use

To play with or to commercially use
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Fashion mannequins outside a shop in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Colors of Torture

Colors of Torture
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In this picture, the women workers are celebrating New Years Eve. In the formal garment factories estimated value of women workers is about 60%.