bonded labor

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Noun1.bonded labor - a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom, bondage - the state of being under the control of another person
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629 million to eliminate Child And Bonded Labor was a praiseworthy move of Punjab Government.
Kashif Bajeer said that the bonded labor is a reality which exists in many forms, adding that Hyderabad and its surrounding all the Brick kilns will be registered soon and they will be bound to pay all the laborers according to the rules and regulation which is fixed by the government.
From two international workshops--June 2014 in Cologne and March 2015 in Havana--eight papers explore the evolution of bonded labor from slaves to coolies over the past three centuries in different parts of the world.
The charity organization estimates that 4 million Pakistanis work at the kilns in bonded labor.
Although bonded labor has been outlawed in Pakistan and other affected countries in line with UN conventions on human rights, according to the Global Slavery Index (GSI) 2,058,200 people are still enslaved in Pakistan and the country ranks third on the index.
If forced labor is by force or forced circumstances, the bonded labor is also done due to force or forced circumstances.
The report describes Pakistan as a "source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking," noting that the country's largest human trafficking problem is bonded labor, concentrated in the Sindh and Punjab provinces in agriculture and brick making, and to a lesser extent in the mining, carpet-making, glass bangle, and fishing industries.
A common characteristic of bonded labor is the use of physical and, in many instances, sexual violence--including rape--as coercive tools, in addition to debt, to maintain these victims' labor.
The essays address such topics as Indian agriculture and sustainable development, religion and social justice, causes and remedies of terrorism, land and water rights, India's nuclear energy program, the caste system, labor in the unorganized sector, the extent of bonded labor in India, the civil service and the right to dissent, and women's empowerment.
Bonded labor may sound as though it has a voluntary aspect, which disqualifies it as slavery.
For poor sharecroppers, selling children into bonded labor is often the only way to pay for food, medicine, or other necessities.
One day, Iqbal Masih, a former carpet boy, leads a parade in the village as he informs everyone about the new laws that have abolished bonded labor.