"London-based journalist, Jeremy Seabrook, who has written widely on labor, Asia and the sex trade, compares child labor in contemporary Bangladesh with that of industrial Britain the 19th century. By including extensive testimonials from Bangladeshi children, he illustrated many disturbing similarities in the mills and factories of the two nations - in the exodus to the city, social attitudes to poverty, and the absolute necessity of child labor to supplement inadequate family income. Seabrook questions whether the need for child labor will ever be eliminated in this part of the world, given that the region does not have the same historical means of creating wealth that the industrialized world had." -- Publisher's Weekly"One of the most emotive of the exploitation issues concerns child labour and this is the subject of a detailed account by Jeremy Seabrook in this book. However, rather than tackling the issue on a broad front and dispersing the force of his argument, he concentrates on drawing a comparison with modern day Bangladesh and the "dark satanic mills" of the industrial revolution, where child labour was an accepted part of the workforce. Seabrook points out that the arguments trotted out 200 years ago to defend such abuses have - the market demands it, if we didn't do it someone else would - have echoes today... [He] has crafted an informative tale of the darker side of capitalism. His empathy for the children he meets shines through, although his restrained anger is evident. Excellent." -- Irish Times
About the Author
Jeremy Seabrook is a journalist and writer. He has written for the New Statesman, Guardian, Times and Independent. He writes plays for stage and TV and is the author of numerous books including Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain (Hurst, 2013) and The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh (Hurst, 2015).