Not only does child labour exist in the Bangladeshi garment industry ( as we discussed in our documentary Bostrobalikara: Garment Girls of Bangladesh), it seems the garment industry also sources cotton from Uzbekistan where child labour is rife in the cotton industry. Now the pressure is on for Bangladesh to find an alternative source of cotton.

The Environmental Justice website above makes reference to the emptying of schools for the purpose of cotton picking. In our documentary we point out that what child labour does is effectively to displace an adult. And in the displacing of an adult, a family is denied an adult income. That of course has a knock-on effect on the ability of that family to educate a child. It becomes a vicious circle perpetuating poverty and inequality.