7 Jan 2013
MAE SOT, Thailand—Near this tidy town in north Thailand, children gather
on towering mounds of garbage at a dump—sorting through plastic, glass
and garments as flies buzz around their knees. It’s nearly 3 am and the children,
undocumented migrant workers from neighboring Burma, have been working
for about 13 hours to help their families collect trash, which they will sell for
about 4 baht (12 cents) per kilogram to a nearby factory. They live here at the dump,
and in a full day’s work they’ll be lucky to earn about 90 cents.