A boy works at a coal depot on April 16, 2011 near Lad Rymbai, in the district of Jaintia Hills, India. (GETTY/DANIEL BEREHULAK)
July 23, 2014
Kidnapped, smuggled across international borders and sold into forced labour. This is the reality for 5.5 million children around the world who have been trafficked and made to work without any hope of returning home, according to the International Labour Organization. In some instances the child is peddled by their own family for money or to pay off a debt, as most of the victims come from poor or marginalised communities. In conflict zones, children are especially at risk of being sold to armed groups, often forced to participate in military conflict. So what can put an end to the trafficking of children into forced labour? We speak with Rani Hong, a survivour of child trafficking.