Silver / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Brick Prison

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Company
    Free Lance
  • Photographer
    Alain Schroeder

In Bangladesh, the brick industry employs men, women (sometimes pregnant) and children to work in brickyards in harsh and dangerous conditions. Wearing no protective gear, they work 12-18 hours breathing air filled with toxic particles to produce bricks. Children aged only 5-6 years, are working like slaves for $1 a day. Children who do not have access to education have little choice but to enter the labor market where they are often exploited and unable to escape the cycle of poverty.