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The dark side of the cosmetics industry: Child labour used to mine mica in India

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In Jharkhand, one of India's poorest States, children are seen picking mica. Child labour is still one of the main sources of mica production, a mineral coveted by many industries for its alluring sparkle. © FRANCE 24
By: Thomas DENIS | Philomène REMY
6 min

Some 60 percent of the world's production of mica - a mineral coveted for its sparkle, especially by the cosmetics industry - originates in two of India's most impoverished states: Bihar and Jharkhand. But before mica ends up in shiny lipsticks and other make-up products, it crosses many borders, through networks of middlemen and wholesalers. This lack of traceability helps conceal a harsh reality: those who mine mica are often children who never get to attend school. Our India correspondents report.

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Summary | 2 Annotations
Some 60 percent of the world's production of mica - a mineral coveted for its sparkle, especially by the cosmetics industry - originates in two of India's most impoverished states: Bihar and Jharkhand.
2020/01/30 01:05
This lack of traceability helps conceal a harsh reality: those who mine mica are often children who never get to attend school
2020/03/06 00:59