Children Work in Illegal Iron Business in Tajikistan

During the Soviet times Tajik children as pioneers collected iron fragments to protect the environment and the country’s economic development. Today, some Tajik children are still collecting metals, but under very different circumstances.

The SCOOP supported investigation by Sitorabonui Sohibnazar shows that smaller companies, mostly from China, use young children to steal the iron and afterwards melt the metal illegally in areas where it is causing dangerous pollution.

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