What role does child labor play in the diamond mining industry?
Children are often forced to work long hours and receive little to no
pay. However, They are often not forced to work in the mines by their masters, but by their own poverty. Mine Owners abuse this economic disadvantage and force children to work at whatever conditions they want them to.
What are working conditions like for the Adults that live in the mines? People go to the mines for work from hundreds of miles away, sometimes even from different countries. They are also very poorly compensated for their work, earning $1 dollar a day or less and getting next to no pay for actually finding a diamond. In addition to this they work with very rudimentary hand tools such as picks and shovels, despite the wealth of their bosses.