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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6164134.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6164134.stm</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">A 14-year-old Indian boy has been awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for leading a campaign against child labour and child slavery.<br><br><br><br>
Om Prakash was forced to work as a farm labourer for three years.<br><br><br><br>
After he was rescued, Om set up a network that aims to give all children a birth certificate as a way of helping to protect them from exploitation.</div>
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What this boy has done is really amazing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> He really deserves this prize.<br><br><br><br>
I have some doubt about his age though, I saw him on television and he looks at least 18 years old.
 

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Thanks for posting this OA. That was an awesome story!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>inie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What this boy has done is really amazing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> He really deserves this prize.<br><br><br><br>
I have some doubt about his age though, I saw him on television and he looks at least 18 years old.</div>
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Perhaps Om also doesn't have a birth certificate and so he's unsure of his age.<br><br><br><br>
I'm wondering if this applies to beggar children, some of the exploitive stuff they go through with their guardians burning their faces with boiling water just to make them more pitiful. Really it seems like some of the better things children could be doing in India, I mean I bought some pottery from this family of potters and their daughter was 12 and pretty good at it, probably ended up buying a product of child labor but it's not like it was a sweat shop. I'll have to post some pics or something.
 

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Well, I think he is mostly targeting those children who have been removed from their families to provide labor, rather than those children who work in the family craft/business.<br><br><br><br>
Otomik, your story reminds me of the children in Malaysia who sell small tissue packs to westerners. It's one of those predicaments... you know that the kids don't keep the money but you wonder what will happen if they don't meet their quota for the night...
 
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