Shocking Photos From Inside Child Labor Factories In Bangladesh

In order to remind the world where a great deal of our clothes are produced, a photographer went to Keraniganj, Dhaka. Claudio Montesano Casillas wanted to capture the horrific work conditions of young children on camera. With only half a day off work per week, the children have to sleep, eat and shower at their work place.

 

Clothes produced in this unregistered factory are sold on the local and Indian market but also internationally.

 

By using sub-contracts, well-known international brands have their clothes produced at low cost.

 

Rooms are often filled with more than 15 sewing machines and are lacking any kind of safety plans, emergency exits or fire extinguishers.

No time for school. If they ever happen to quit their job, these teenagers will have education nor savings.

 

According to UNICEF, there are approximately 4,9 million Bangladeshi children (aged 5-15) currently working in similar factories.

 

Sometimes, they do not earn more than $30-60 a day.

Although the close-by Rana Plaza factory burned down in 2013 and caused the deaths of 1,100 people, the safety regulations inside factories are still hazardous.

 

According to the Daily Mail, the Bangladeshi garment industry brings home $25 billion in exports each year – making it irreplaceable for Bangladesh’s economy.

 

However, minimum wage, no safety conditions as well as child labor cannot be the solution.

Per day, one worker can sew more than a hundred pieces.

 

Keraniganj in Dhaka is hosting more than hundred informal factories.

 

It is assumed that their clothing production contributes to the extensive water pollution by taking inadequate care of toxic waste and chemicals.

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Registered factories usually have better working conditions. Approximately 60% of the workers in formal factories are women.