Not My Life Film Analysis

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Child labor and sexual exploitation of children could easily be considered some of the worst crimes against humanity. A movie directed by Bill Bilheimer, titled "Not My Life" argues "there are more than 190 countries in the world, and virtually all of them enslave children… within or across their borders" (Video). "Not my Life" is a movie depicting exploitation, abuse, and mistreatment of children around the world. Filmed in many different countries, "Not My Life" portrays various forms of all-encompassing modern-day slavery.
There are many various manifestations of child exploitation such as child prostitution, child labor, and trafficking for sexual purposes. Regardless of the type of abuse or oppression, the most vulnerable are children
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The children are deprived of most of their basic rights, including education. Most of the child workers have never been to school, and many of them were forced to drop out at a very young age. India has the largest number of children laborers in the world. Although the numbers of child laborers vary widely, it is estimated that 11.2 million of children between the ages of 5 and 14 were working in India as of 1991. In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, an estimated 100,000 children are exploited in tobacco mills, match factories, and rock quarries. Nearly a third of those employed are girls. The trades and industries that use children also include garment and footwear making factories, hotels, and textile shops. Many also work in hazardous industries such as gem polishing, lead mining, or carpet weaving (Worst Forms). The Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi is one of most poisonous places in the city. It is illegal for children to come here, but the city needs their services to help process some of the waste. The children are forced to work all day and are their wages are extremely minimal. Many suffer from malnutrition, physical disabilities and are exposed to tons of toxic pollutants (Video). "Physical handicaps at times are so severe," says Antonio Mario Costa, the executive Dr. of UNODC 2002-2010. "The material… burns through the bones and the hands of the child" and their bodies change shapes from being bent for twelve hours a day (Costa qtd in Video). According to a study conducted in 2005, children who are extensively exposed to heat and dust by working in India 's brick kilns also develop various health issues. Skin and stomach problems, asthma, and stunned development were listed as the most frequent complaints. Despite the many legislations and court orders to eliminate child labor in India, it has continued actively for more than a

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