Eleven-year-old Sagira Ansari, right, rolls bidi tobacco with her family at their house in Dhuliyan, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, March 18, 2012. Sagira Ansari, 11, is among hundreds of thousands of children toiling in the hidden corners of rural India, working in hazardous industries crucial to the economy.
Nearly every child in Sagira’s town of Dhuliyan works through the tobacco dust to feed India’s near limitless demand for the thin, tight cigarettes, known as bidis. Sagira and her family earn 75 rupees ($1.50) for every 1,000 bidis rolled which brings in about 7,500 rupees ($150) a month.
[Credit : Rafiq Maqbool / AP]