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Govt tackles ‘child slavery’ with cash handouts

ISLAMABAD: A government cash-incentive scheme has helped place almost 90,000 underage Pakistani brick kiln workers into school, officials said Friday, an initiative aimed at easing the long-standing problem of indentured labour. Campaigners estimate there are more than two million Pakistanis trapped in a vicious cycle of debt bondage to factory owners that continues for generations, a practice often referred to as modern slavery. Pakistan has the third highest population of such labourers, behind India and China,…