An article in Foreign policy highlights how contractors behind schedule are taking advantage of lax labor laws and coercing their employees to bring their children to work alongside them, promising payments of bread and milk.
The article makes the following points:
1. India has very weak enforcement of child labour laws. In fact, it is preferable to not working or prostitution.
2. This week, the High Court of Delhi began cracking down on the national government over alleged failures to provide legally mandated benefits to workers involved with the construction of venues related to the games.
3. At construction sites, laborers are making well below the standard minimum wage, and working children receive nothing but a single meal.
4. Almost half of the city’s homeless shelters have been destroyed in order to clean up the city and clear room for infrastructure, putting over 100,000 onto the streets in the middle of winter.