Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia by Siddharth KaraBonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia by Siddharth Kara

Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia

bySiddharth Kara

Paperback | May 6, 2014

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Siddharth Kara's Sex Trafficking has become a critical resource for its revelations into an unconscionable business, and its detailed analysis of the trade's immense economic benefits and human cost. This volume is Kara's second, explosive study of slavery, this time focusing on the deeply entrenched and wholly unjust system of bonded labor.

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.

Siddharth Kara is Director of the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Fellow on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery worldwide and advises several governments on antitraffic...
Title:Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South AsiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.07 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231158491

ISBN - 13:9780231158497

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Bonded Labor: An Overview2. Agriculture: Kamaiya and Hari3. Bricks and Bidis4. Shrimp and Tea5. Construction and Stonebreaking6. Carpets and Other Sectors7. Bonded Labor and the Law8. Tackling Bonded LaborAppendix A: Global Slavery MetricsAppendix B: Select Bonded Labor EconomicsAppendix C: Select Bonded Labor Supply ChainsAppendix D: Bonded Labor as Defined by India's Bonded Labour System (Abolition) ActAppendix E: Bonded Labor Law and Cases: PakistanAppendix F: Select Economic and Human Development StatisticsNotesWorks CitedIndex

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