Child labour is not a new issue in Bangladesh. Children remain here one of the most vulnerable groups living under threats of hunger, illiteracy, displacement, exploitation, trafficking, physical and mental abuse. Although the issue of child labour has always been discussed, there is hardly any remarkable progress even in terms of mitigation. 17.5% of total children of the 5-15 age groups are engaged in economic activities. Many of these children are engage in various hazardous occupations in manufacturing factories. Factory owners prefer to employ children as they could pay them less and also able to keep their factories free from trade unionism. A child labour gets 400 to 700 taka ( 1 USD = 70 taka) per month, while an adult worker earns up to 5000 taka per month.
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Run for the roses – a street child risks her life in busy traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh to sell flowers to passing drivers and their passengers. For many, these children are an annoyance. Thus, young vendors must remain oblivious to the rudeness and cruelty that they encounter, just to earn – in a small way – something for their families. Dhaka, Bangladesh
Child Labour In Bangladesh. Two child laborers are eating their lunch during a break at the factory where they work. Down in these deadly factories the word, “childhood” disappears as early as the age of five. Rapid maturity is all that will keep them alive. Their silent cries echo from wall to wall in their Hell which is considered a blessed place for them because they can earn bread. Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eight-year-old Razu works in a rickshaw factory. He earns about 500 taka (7 USD) a month, working 10 hours a day. When the production often stops due to lack of electricity, he has time to play.
0-year-old Roubel works at a factory making ornamental grilles for windows.
13-year-old Liyakot Ali works in a silver cooking pot factory in Old Dhaka. The children work 10 hour days in hazardous conditions, for a weekly wage of 200 taka (3 USD). Dhaka. Bangladesh. June 2008
A child working in an aluminum cooking pot factory in Dhaka
Child working in an Aluminum cooking pot factory in Dhaka.
Nine-year old Shakil’s job is to make balloons. During the time of making these colorful toys his skin gets colored by the powder ingredients. He completes his works usually after sunset. If any balloon is not fit to sell then the seller gives it to him. He keeps it for his young sister because he usually doesn’t get any time to play. He gets 700 taka (about US $9) for an entire month of working. Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jainal works in silver cooking pot factory. He is 11 years old. He has been working in this factory for three years. His work starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. For his work he gets 700 taka (10 USD) for a month. His parents are so poor that they can not afford to send him to school. According to the factory owner, the parents do not care for their children; they send their kids to work for money and allegedly don’t feel sorry for these small kids. Dhaka 2008
Hands of 8-year-old Munna while working in a rickshaw parts making factory. He works 10 hours a day and gets 8 USD for a month. Dhaka 2007.
A child rests on sand at Bhollar Ghat on the banks of the Piyain River.
The textile factory machines produce an intolerable degree of uproarious noise and piercing echoes at the working place of Sobuj (13 years old). Further suffering is endured from the excessive heat; a daily and miserable factor. Textile factory workers start their day at 8 AM and finish at 8 PM. During these working hours these children try to heal the pain of the noise and the heat by knowing that they will be rewarded with earnings of 1’200 taka per month (about US $15). Dhaka, Bangladesh
A child works in a textile factory in Dhaka. It is common in Bangladesh for children of poor parents to work in various hazardous and labor-intensive workplaces to support their families
Joy (16 years old) started working in the factory when he was 6 years old. He could not remember his bitter childhood except the torture from his drunken father. His mother flew away with her son after she lost all her patience of being beaten up daily. Two years ago Joy lost his one hand during his dangerous work and still he is happy that the factory owner does not fire him from the job. Willfully Joy earns 100 taka (US$1.30) daily for his tuberculosis-ridden mother. Dhaka, Bangladesh
A child worker collecting stone from the Bhollar Ghat on the banks of the Piyain River.
This young Bangladeshi boy has been working from the age of seven. He put down his school books to support the family. During work hours his skin becomes ‘silvery’ in color from the aluminum poisonous dust. He earns approximately US $1 daily by laboring for ten hours in a manufacturing plant for cooking pots. Dhaka, Bangladesh
A very young boy, protected from the sun by only an umbrella, crushes bricks into chippings at a brick making factory. He earns 80 taka (US $1) daily for his 12-hour job. Then he spends the end of his day by collecting charcoal for cooking purposes for his family. Dhaka, Bangladesh