Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines funded by World Press Photo. Probal also holds an MBA. His works have been published in many prominent national and international newspapers and magazines such as, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Forbes, GEO, Days Japan, Paris Match, Stern. www.probalrashid.com
Entry description: According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. However, as 93 per cent of child laborers work in small factories and workshops, and on the street - the enforcement of labour laws is virtually impossible. Poverty causes families to send children to work, often in hazardous and low-wage jobs, such as brick-chipping, construction and refuse collecting. Children are paid less than adults, with many working up to twelve hours a day. Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school. Long hours, low or no wages, poor food, isolation and hazards in the working environment can severely affect children's physical and mental health.