From dawn till dusk, in factory premises, between clothes and sewing machines, children work hard, sewing labels on the clothes of the West, taking the minimum wage. This is the life of the children of Bangladesh, who work under horrific conditions for 0.30 dollars per day.
Despite the improved safety standards in factories, there are many unregistered sweatshops that have not been inspected. The factories mainly produce clothes for local and Indian market but also for well-known international labels, as a subcontractor, which makes it difficult for companies to detect where their clothes come from.
Casillas firstly visited the factories at first as part of an 'Old Dhaka' tour. Disgusted by the kids' exploitation, photographer Claudio Montesano Casillas exposes both the shocking lack of security controls within some factories as well the exhausting working hours.
An informal factory comprises a room with 15 sewing machines, usually without exits, plans for fire safety or fire extinguishers.
These children do not have a true childhood, they don't go to school or play, as they are responsible for tasks such as embroidery, fabric painting and cleaning machines.
Casillas says: 'Inside these factories garment workers work six to six and a half days per week from dawn till far after dusk for a minimum wage. The workers from these factories sleep inside or rent rooms next to these factories.
'They come from villages to cities seeking for employment and dreaming of a better life' According to UNICEF, there are about one million children, aged 10 to 14, who work as laborers in Bangladesh. There is no life for them outside the factory as they basically live there, eat there, shower there. The garment industry in Bangladesh is the second largest textile exports, after China and has a negative record in terms of fire safety.
More than 1,100 people lost their lives in a factory outside Dhaka due to fire, being one of the worst industrial accidents in the country.
If isn't it a kind of modern slavery then what is it?