Miranda Spottiswoode, John Lewis Foundation

“We are proud to be supporting the Child Labour Free Jaipur programme to end the exploitation of children in supply chains. Combating forced and child labour is at the forefront of our work, and through this project we are targeting the issue strategically and holistically.”

Girls putting up poster, India

The problem

Tens of thousands of children are trafficked to Jaipur to produce handicrafts in workshops there. Their parents are given advances and promises of good jobs for the children. 75–90% of them come from northern Bihar.

Forced into producing handicrafts such as bangles, embroidery, sarees and carpets in cramped conditions, they are typically forced to work 15 hours a day. Many develop problems with their eyesight, have burns, chronic coughs and even finger malformation.  

 

The solution

  • We’re working with businesses and their supply chains to identify exploitation and remove child labour from their production lines. 
  • We’re providing training support for businesses so they can employ non-exploitative adult labour instead. 
  • We’re developing a Child Labour Free certification process for products and working with purchasers to reject products made with child labour. 
  • We’re helping to promote Child Labour Free certified goods and market them  to create domestic and international demand.

 
 
 

More about this work

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    A crackdown on Jaipur's trafficking hotspots

    A Crackdown On Jaipur’S Trafficking Hotspots