There are 20,000 brick kilns in Pakistan, where adults and children are often duped into bonded labour by factory owners who give them loans. Families agree to work to pay off the debt but bosses add high interest and living expenses – making the debts impossible to pay off.
Salaries for adults – who are forced to work at least 14 hours per day in brutal conditions – can be as low as $5 per day. If they refuse to work, they are often beaten by bosses. Children are oppressed and miss out on education, meaning they live and sometimes die without ever having a chance to experience freedom.