17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

One of the main forms of slavery in the world today is bonded labor, while many of these workers are young children. People inherit a debt or are forced to work in slave-like conditions to pay off a loan, sometimes as low as $200. It can be made to look like an employment agreement, but one where the worker starts with a debt to repay, only to find that repayment of the loan is impossible. While working and unable to leave, this worker needs a shelter, food and water. The employer tacks on $25 per day to the debt to cover those expenses. Consequently, the employee only grows his debt while continuing to labor for his debtor. For 1,000 bricks per day the family is paid with $5, spending all day outdoors (in summer the temperature can rise to an unbearable 45 degrees) trying to make their target number of bricks.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: LAHORE, PAKISTAN, Pakistan
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Dimitra Stasinopoulou