“Thousands of Pakistani Christians live like slaves in Punjab’s Muslim-owned brick kiln industry,” Worthy News reports.
By Joseph DeCaro
6/19/2012 Pakistan (Worthy News) – Thousands of Pakistani Christians live like slaves in Punjab’s Muslim-owned brick kiln industry.
Working as bonded labor, employees rise at 4 a.m. to make more than 1,000 bricks from mud; although the government has set the price for this task at 500 rupees, employees are only paid 200 rupees, or $2.25 U.S., according to Pakistan Christian Post sources.
Further, these indentured servants live in company towns called Bhattas in small, single room residences whose rent and utility costs are continuously billed to their company-owned accounts; these unpaid bills can continue for generations as a family’s debt is passed from the parents to their children.