Rageh Omaar examines child slavery in such places as Cambodia, Ethiopia, India and Saudi Arabia. He begins by examining children in conditions that approach slavery, but don't quite meet the United Nation's definition. For instance, there's the ten-year-old boy who works 17 hours a day at two jobs; but his money goes to himself and his family. Meanwhile, there are 8 1/2 million other children who are quite literally slaves. We see a family sell their son to a fisherman, who has made promises of school to his older boys that he has not kept. We meet a girl who was sold into a brothel and kept in a cage when she wasn't serving clients. The zari industry in India has children working in its sweatshops, doing brutally tedious labor for 18 hours or more a day. We meet children who have endured such work. Omaar concludes that tradition and culture, that the fact that these things have gone on for years, are not excuses for allowing them to continue. Written by
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I've spent my working life traveling, reporting on some extraordinary events and places and people. But it's the everyday things I find myself thinking about. Logged in my memory are faces, the looks of people I've never actually met. And I'm thinking particularly of children: a boy I remember selling pomegranates on the streets of Kabul; a young girl who used to beg near my house in Johannesburg. I've always just accepted these children, the fact that they're there. And...