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Carpet Weaving, Swari Madhopur District, Rajastan, India | by ILO in Asia and the Pacific
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Carpet Weaving, Swari Madhopur District, Rajastan, India

Children start weaving carpets from 4 years of age. Approximately 80% are girls. 11-12 hour working days earns INR 50 (roughly USD 1.10). Many are given tobacco which acts as a stimulant to help the children work for longer hours. When they reach their 20s, the weavers' knees will be too damaged to continue squatting at the loom. With little or no education, they move into agriculture, and their own children replace them at the loom.


Exhibited at a child labour exhibition at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), this photo shows subjects affected by the issue of child labour. © ILO/Jeffrey Leventhal


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Taken on January 15, 2013