Bewildered and tethered to a window these Chinese children reflect the desperate plight faced by migrant workers in the world’s most populous country.
Unable to afford even the most rudimentary child care, the parents have to bring their youngsters to work with them.
These images were taken in a factory in the city of Jiaxing in the south east of the country where the parents toil for ten hours a day. There are an estimated 110million migrant workers in China aged between 16 and 40 years old.
The parents of these youngsters work in the factory while their children are tied to a workshop window to keep them safe
The youngsters stretch the rubber cords and meet where they can play together. The cords are tied to the iron bars above them
Tethered but safe: A child sits on a mat of dried water reeds patiently waiting for his father to complete his day’s work
But there is no creche where the children can be dropped off.
Which means the youngsters come on to the shop floor, where anxious parents use lengths of rubber to tie the children to iron bars on the windows.
And there they are left – safe from traffickers or thieves, but with absolutely nothing to do other than watch mother or father work and shuffle as far as the rubber rope allows them.
The pictures, taken in Zhejiang province, recalled the heart-breaking plight of Jingdan, a two-year-old boy chained to a lamp post in Beijing in February.
His father Chen Chuanliu works as an unlicensed rickshaw cyclist, taking fares all over the city, while the boy’s disabled mother collects rubbish at the roadside. Like the children in the factory he was tethered to prevent him from wandering off.
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