Did Your Ring Cost Someone's Life?
Kids Risk Their Life's to Get Your Diamonds
How kids are being forced to find your diamonds and many people don't even know or care.
Over 500,000 kids have died making the jewelry you wear. You are probably wondering what I am talking about and think I am crazy but I'm telling the truth. There are currently over 1,000,000 kids working 18 hour days to mine and find diamonds for you and they are payed about $2 a day! Many people don't know about this because there is only one million and compared to other jobs the child labor involves it is very little. Even though there is only 1,000,000 kids compared to others that is still a lot of kids being abused and that have an extremely unfair life and we need to stop it. 1,000,000 people is more than all of Iowa's kids! That is like all of Iowa's kids plus more working with bad conditions for lots of hours for practically no money. It is still going on to this day and does not get very much attention.
Envision the working standards and extremely bad conditions for yourself. You would have almost no hope and would be worried that you would be doing that your whole life. These kids have to dig in rocks and soil and attempt to find presious minrals. After they get some soil they have to carry them to the water. The soil is very heavy and they have to carry it about 1/2 a mile. When they get there they sift through it with water and look for gold or diamonds. If they do not find any for the whole day they do not get payed.
We have to start buying fair trade diamonds and be more conscientious of what we buy and where it came from. We can make a change, we just need to try. The people that own these "slaves" are usually rich and the police don't want to mess with them because they could get paid extra if they don't. They use kids because kids work fast because they have energy and they don't understand over there how little they are being paid. When they do understand the don't have a choice because they need the little money they do get. We need to spread the awareness and make everyone understand what is happening in these poor countries so we can make the work a better place.
Kids sift through sand for diamonds and gold
A bonded labor man still working since he was a kid for almost nothing
Kids digging and looking for presious minerals
A Real Life Story
How We Can Resolve It
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