Cambodia launches campaign to end child labor in brick industry(Voice of America, sept.7, 2019)

The Cambodian government has launched an ambitious plan to end dangerous child labor in the country’s brick industry by 2020.Veng Heang, the Director of the Labor Ministry’s Child Labor Department, announced that “any brick factory found having child labor will be severely penalised without any excuse,” according to state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse.However, researchers and activists say that while this is a welcome move, more needs to be done to address the root cause of the problem. Blood Bricks: Untold Stories of Modern Slavery and Climate Change from Cambodia,” outlined how poverty, often caused by climate change, was driving tens of thousands of Cambodians into debt bondage at brick factories. This past March, a 9-year-old girl lost her arm in an accident at one of these factories.