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19 Jun, 2013

Building blocks of servitude | The Hindu

First, workers are forced to work extremely long and irregular hours at the kilns sometimes, 4 a.m. to 11 p.m with a half-hour lunch break. Second, the conditions of work are quite hazardous and affect their long-term health. Third, their living conditions are quite appalling, as they are forced to house themselves right next to the kilns. Fourth, child labour is rampant as the workers bring their families along when they migrate. Fifth, women constantly undergo sexual harassment at the hands of the Sardars and owners. It is a journey from one set of unfree markets at the source to another set of unfree markets that borders on slavery at the destination during the contract period.

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