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HARVEY The global march against child labor was born in a conversation that I had with Kailash Satyarthi-- the very charismatic leader of the move to bring children out of bonded labor in India-- the head of the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude KAILASH We have ample proof that the children are being used as slaves They are bought and sold They are tortured They are confined to workplace They are not able to leave their jobs HARVEY These are kids working in brick kilns working in farms as a part of bonded farm labor working in granite quarries kids in sexual slavery or being trafficked across national or state boundaries for sexual purposes Those are the kinds of kids that this global march is an effort to highlight MARCHERS Global March HARVEY So we decided that the global march was a way by which we could bring international pressure to country after country This was not just a simple protest Along the way organizers met with community groups like this one to try to link local concerns with the Marchs broader goals which resonate with people in Thailand Theyre still reeling from the collapse of their currency SULAK Economic growth must take human dignity human rights environmental balance into consideration In the wake of Thailands financial crisis Buddhist Scholar Sulok Sivaraksa like many activists sees growing poverty in human rights terms SULAK We have more prostitutes than monks We have child laborers We destroy our environment The people in Bangkok itself 20 live in slums And many people dont even live in the slums they live under the bridges and so on and so forth And yet people feel these are not human rights issues The Global March is just one new cross-border tactic--an illustration of how globalization from above leads to a globalized resistance from below KAILASH But
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