Friday, July 3, 2009

Pakistan's kilns leave a trail or worker exploitation -- by debt indenture


An article by Pamela Constable of The Washington Post Foreign Service in the Washington Post July 3 shows just how dangerous the idea of “international karma” can become. The article is “Pakistan’s Kiln Workers Bricked In By Debt: Families on Ancient Assembly Lines ‘Can Never Earn Enough to Leave’”, with link here.

Also Pakistan’s Islamic law is supposed to prevent such exploitation, workers are indentured to kiln owners by debt, and sometimes have even sold organs to try to raise money to leave. These are among the people whose labor others have an unseen dependency on.

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