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Bonded labor : tackling the system of slavery in South Asia

Author: Siddharth Kara
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
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"Drawing on eleven years of research in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Kara delves into an ancient and ever-evolving mode of slavery that ensnares roughly six out of every ten slaves in the world and generates profits that exceeded $17.6 billion in 2011. In addition to providing a thorough economic, historical, and legal overview of bonded labor, Kara travels to the far reaches of South Asia, from  Read more...
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Kara, Siddharth.
Bonded labor.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012008188
(OCoLC)780398223
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siddharth Kara
ISBN: 9780231528016 0231528019
OCLC Number: 812911670
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 314 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Bonded labor : an overview --
Agriculture : kamaiya and hari --
Bricks and bidis --
Shrimp and tea --
Construction and stonebreaking --
Carpets and other sectors --
Bonded labor and the law --
Tackling bonded labor --
Appendix A. Global slavery metrics, 2011 --
Appendix B. Select bonded labor economics --
Appendix C. Select bonded labor supply chains --
Appendix D. Bonded labor as defined by India's Bond Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 --
Appendix E. Bonded labor law and cases : Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India --
Appendix F. Select economic and human development statistics.
Responsibility: Siddharth Kara.

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"Drawing on eleven years of research in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Kara delves into an ancient and ever-evolving mode of slavery that ensnares roughly six out of every ten slaves in the world and generates profits that exceeded $17.6 billion in 2011. In addition to providing a thorough economic, historical, and legal overview of bonded labor, Kara travels to the far reaches of South Asia, from cyclone-wracked southwestern Bangladesh to the Thar desert on the India-Pakistan border, to uncover the brutish realities of such industries as hand-woven-carpet making, tea and rice farming, construction, brick manufacture, and frozen-shrimp production. He describes the violent enslavement of millions of impoverished men, women, and children who toil in the production of numerous products at minimal cost to the global market. He also follows supply chains directly to Western consumers, vividly connecting regional bonded labor practices to the appetites of the world. Kara's pioneering analysis encompasses human trafficking, child labor, and global security, and he concludes with specific initiatives to eliminate the system of bonded labor from South Asia once and for all."--Publisher's website.

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