Modern ‘slaves’: Pakistan’s bonded labourers fight back

At Punjab’s brick-making kilns, workers are savagely exploited and horror stories abound

Sangita Muqsood in her room in the brick kiln where she works, near Lahore. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Sangita Muqsood in her room in the brick kiln where she works, near Lahore. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

So, who is Sangita Muqsood voting for?

“Whoever you’re voting for,” says the 30-year-old brick maker, tongue in cheek. A lifetime making bricks from the rich red soil of the province of Punjab, crouching hours at a time in searing summer heat and bitter winter cold, back aching as she repeatedly packs and empties the metal moulds, have taught her to expect nothing of politicians.

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