Most likely that soccer ball, regardless of the cost, was stitched together using child or debt labor.
|A child in Pakistan stitches together a Nike soccer ball. Wall Street Journal.|
"Debt bondage" is a form of forced labor that is akin to slavery. In order to pay off a debt, a person is forced to work with addition months added as a form of interest, making the debt virtually unpayable. Often, children are placed into debt bondage in order to help a family pay off a debt.
FACTS ABOUT THE SOCCER BALL INDUSTRY
- Nearly 1/2 of the world's soccer balls are made in Sialkot, Pakistan
- There are 650 stitches in 1 soccer ball
- It is estimated that 1/4 of the 35 million soccer balls made in Pakistan are made by children under the age of 14
- In India, where it is technically illegal to keep children from going to school, tens of thousands of children work in the soccer ball industry, working 10-15 hours a day stitching together soccer balls
- In India, the work is done at home, making child labor "invisible"
- Children as young as 6 years old have been found stitching soccer balls
- Children earn roughly 15¢ for every ball they stitch together. It takes about 4 hours to stitch on ball.
|A woman sews soccer balls in Pakistan. Wall Street Journal.|
"Poor children made to stitch sports balls in sweatshops"
Products of Slavery
In Pakistan, The World Capital Of Soccer Ball Production