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Slavery by any other name - bonded child labour in South Asia

The South Asian Task Force on Bonded Child Labour defines a bonded child labourer as: “a child (below 18 years of age as defined in the UNCRC) working against debt taken by himself/herself or his/her family members, or working against any social obligation (e.g. caste, ethnic or religious practices, etc.) with or without the child’s consent, under conditions that restrain his/her freedom and development, making him/her vulnerable to physical and other forms of abuse and depriving him/her of his/ her basic rights.” (Global Advocacy.com) There are some very blurred lines between child labour and child bondage and in particular where children fall through existing protection because they are, i