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Of all the social indignities the garment industry promotes, child labor ranks among the worst. It’s galling in its pervasiveness, from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where low-caste girls are lured into bonded servitude with the promise of better dowries, to the cotton fields of Uzbekistan, where upwards of 2 million children—some as young as 7—are forced by their government to toil for 10 hours a day, two to three months out of every year. According to the International Labour Organisation, which defines child labor as as “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity,” roughly 168 million are trapped in mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous occupations that jeopardize their wellbeing. A group of childcare educators in New Zealand wants to change that, however.

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