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The Dark Side of Tea, India

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India – West Bengal: Hira Munda, 32, holding her 10-month-old baby Shonali at Bundapani Tea Estate, in the Dooars region. After the closure of the garden in July 2013, Munda, a former permanent worker, was trafficked to Batala, in the Punjab region, where she worked as a domestic worker for one year. The owner of the house repeatedly raped her. The woman was able to come back to Bundapani only after she became pregnant of Shonali. Today, the lone mother survives thanks to government subsidies and few handouts from her relatives.