08/30/2010 // Uzbekistan // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Kokand, Uzbekistan – Children in Uzbekistan are reportedly being forced to work in the silk trade, despite government insistence that child labor has been banned in the country. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), some farmers say they put their children to work, growing cocoons, due to threats if quotas are missed, particularly during breeding season for silkworms.
Dilorom Nishanova, 15, is quoted by the AP as stating of the work she and her siblings do, “We just help our parents… That’s what children have to do, right?”
Uzbek rights groups are reportedly fighting against the practice, which unlike documented Uzbek cotton picking practices that involve child labor, has slipped under the radar internationally.
Data from 2005 shows Uzbekistan earned $57 million from silk in that year.
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