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Brick Works

The brick works in Rajasthan, India, are part of another industry often driven by slavery and bonded-servitude. The conditions are incredibly harsh, as the factory produces bricks year round. In the summer where temperatures reach an average of 38 degrees Celsius. Part of the production process requires kilns that push the heat even higher. Workers’ families live on site at the brick works, with women often doing heavy labor alongside their husbands. Child-labor has also been recorded. Even if children do not work, they are exposed to dust and other environmental issues which can cause eye issues, burns, asthma, etc. Despite this, the bonds of family and the sound of laughter and camaraderie can still be heard around the brick works. It’s a humbling reminder of the strength of humanity and human connection.

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