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DW News 6 Oct 2020

India fears increase of children trafficked or forced into labor


Concerns are being raised that millions of poor and underprivileged children in India are at risk of being forced into child labor due to the coronavirus pandemic. Child welfare organisations in the country are sounding the alarm at a time when significant numbers of jobs have been lost in India's informal sector during lockdowns. The fear is, children of out of work parents could be trafficked to fill the gap. The coronavirus crisis could erase decades of progress made in combating child labor.

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Coronavirus has kept schools in India closed for more than 7 months, affecting about 200 million children. Now, many of them are going to work to help ease their family's financial hardships. Arshad Zargar reports on how India is dealing with its child labor pandemic.

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