In India’s T-shirt factory of the world, Covid-19 puts clock back 20 years on child labour

Suma* turns the mustard-yellow sleeve inside-out, straightens the creases, and places it neatly on top of a pile. Next to it are two other piles – one for necks, and another for body pieces.Sitting cross-legged on a floor mat, the 14-year-old works eight to nine hours every day. Her employer, Nicholas*, 51, stitches the sleeves and necks onto the bodies to make T-shirts. During a single day Suma will pile up parts for 300 T-shirts, and earn 150 rupees (US$2).Suma started working with Nicholas…

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