In Their Own Words: Former Child Laborers Speak Out

Sep 1, 2010
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.
Like Samsur and Puran, this child works under harsh conditions and is not attending school. (Photo: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters)

Samsur Mohamad is 13 years old and was once a victim of child labor in India. He, along with his brothers, worked collecting garbage.

Puran Banjara is 14 years old and worked in forced labor at a stone quarry.

Their one wish?

Samsur says, "If children don’t get a proper education, many poor people will remain poor and their children will be used as bondage laborers. I want all the bondage laborers to be freed and provided with an education."

There are 218 million child laborers in the world today.

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