This article is about child slaves in India and how there's this never ending cycle to it. There are these creditors that offer families that aren't doing so well financially some money in the form of loans. In return, their child must work for them until it's paid back. "The debt that binds them to their employer is usually incurred by a parent, and ranges on average from 500 rupees to 7,500 rupees, depending on the industry and the age and skill of the child" (Lee 573). There's also interest on these loans making it virtually impossible to pay the money back. Unfortunately, if the child doesn't make enough money to pay back the creditor that debt may fall on the child's future children.
I found this article interesting because it deals with modern slavery in India. There are laws against child labor but a lot of people indulge in it illegally. It is estimated that there are about 15 million child slaves in India trying to pay off debts.
Poverty is one of many things that make families vulnerable to "debt bondage". "Other elements include: an ancient tradition of slavery and debt bondage; the lack of small-scale loans for the rural and urban poor; the lack of a concerted social welfare scheme to safeguard against hunger and illness; a noncompulsory and grossly inadequate educational system; the lack of employment opportunities and living wages for adults; an ossified stratification of occupations, with little opportunity for upward mobility or intergenerational career changes within families; corruption and indifference among government officials; and endemic societal apathy" (Lee 573). As you can tell, this is a very complex and complicating situation to get out off.
This article reminds me of the character Rutherford in Middle Passage and how he was in debt and needed to pay back his creditor Papa Zeguine. In a way, he was a slave to Papa Zeguine; and if he doesn't pay off his debt, he will have to face a consequence just like how those child slaves in India would have too if they don't either. Also, debt one of those things where it will never be forgotten about because you've took a good chunk of someone else's money and unless it's paid back, it will forever haunt the person. Another thing, 85% of this child labor that goes on in India is agriculture; just how slaves in the United States had to work on plantation to help the economy, so to speak.
Works cited: Tucker, Lee. "Child Slaves in Modern India: The Bonded Labor Problem." Human Rights Quarterly 19.3 (1997): 572-629. Web.