“There are about 1.7 million bonded laborers in, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Despite laws banning bonded labor, forced labor, often through debt bondage, remains widespread. Family labor by children aged 10-14 producing unbaked bricks is a central part of work at the 6,000 or so brick kilns across the country.
When female children are not working at the kiln, they will be doing domestic chores, leaving other family members free to manufacture bricks. The advances families are able to get are most often larger when more members work at the kiln, and this promotes the use of children as a labor force. Most children engaged at kilns do not go to school.”