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Life at the brick kiln is hard, many employ bonded laborers, yet the back-breading labor does not break the workers' spirit that is visible through the colorful dresses they often wear.

[The Office of the UN Highcommissoner of Human Rights defines bonded labor as a form of slavery: "Debt bondage can hardly be distinguished from traditional slavery because it prevents the victim from leaving his job or the land he tills until the money is repaid. Although in theory a debt is repayable over a period of time, a situation of bondage arises when in spite of all his efforts, the borrower cannot wipe it out. Normally, the debt is inherited by the bonded labourer's children. Sharecropping is a familiar way of leading borrowers into debt bondage."

This is hardly a problem only in India. Many countries, including, India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, a number of South Asian countries, and several African and South American nations, and, yes, even the USA
has this problem. A very interesting article is here.]

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