Families working in Indian kilns insist that their children work alongside them in order to reach the quota needed to earn them a minimum wage. A Reuters article reported that about 80% of the young workers are between 5 and 14 years old. The children work 7 to 9 hours assisting their parents making 1,000 bricks daily.
The information was confirmed by Anti-Slavery International and Volunteers for Social Justice, saying, “In this system, only the bricks count, human beings don’t. If you don’t put children to work then you can’t complete the kind of production required to earn the minimum wages…. Child labor is incentivised.”
“There are at least 100,000 working brick kilns in India employing about 23 million workers, the report said, adding that one third of those living at the kilns are children.”
Children like Yashoda who is only 9-years-old would rather be reading or in school, but she must wake every morning at midnight to go to work with her dad.