Monday, June 04, 2007

TANZANIA: Gem Slaves: Tanzanite's child labour

Photo: IRIN

"The mother sells food at the mines, but her income from this business alone is not enough to support them. She cannot afford to send her daughter to school and they repeatedly face the threat of eviction from their home.

This dire situation forces many women to subsidize their income through prostitution. Children are also compelled into sex work in order to survive.

This is a common story for many mothers and daughters in this area. Mothers of Mererani shoulder a special burden as they bear witness to their children’s suffering. School and a normal childhood are beyond their means."

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