Human Traffic Watch

Millions pushed into child labor in Pakistan.

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on November 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

Zakir, 10, pauses during his work of cutting fish at Karachi’s Fish Harbor on Feb. 1, 2012. Zakir earns $2.20 per day. Rising food and fuel prices and a struggling economy have forced many families to send their children to work instead of school.

Reuters reports: Tears tracing lines of dirt on his face, six-year-old Pakistani boy Nabeel Mukhtar cries while crouching on a pavement to scrub motorbikes, his job for nine hours a day, six days a week in Islamabad, Pakistan.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to send my son to school but we have so many expenses … We struggle to put food on our table,” said Mukhtar’s mother, Shazia, who also has a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.

He’s learning to work and he also earns around 300-400 rupees. So what’s wrong in that? We are poor,” Mohammed said of the boy.

(via humanitariansconnect)

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