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Tainted Treasure
Photograph by Jodi Cobb

Exquisite handmade carpets are admired throughout the world. For a growing number of consumers, however, their beauty is dimmed by the knowledge that at many looms, like this one in northern India, young children do the hard work of transforming fiber into art—without choice, or pay. "If you have an imported handwoven carpet on your floor right now," says Kevin Bales, a leading slavery researcher and director of the U.S.-based group Free the Slaves, "there is a good chance that it was woven by an enslaved child."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Unrecorded
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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