25 February 2008 National Andhra Pradesh: Child Labour

The Warped Weft

1.3 lakh children in AP lose their childhood to its cotton fields and factories
The Warped Weft
P. Anil Kumar
Ginning’s Pennies
  • An estimated 1,30,000 children work in Andhra Pradesh’s cotton fields and ginning mills, most of them in Guntur district
  • An average workday means 8-10 hours of back-breaking work
  • Children, especially between the ages of 8 and 13, preferred because they’re more energetic; their small, tender fingers are more nimble
  • Their health seriously jeopardised from inhaling fibre and toxic pesticides used in the fields

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