Uzbekistan: The stories of forced labour

  Employees of the nursery school of Nukus city Nodira, 35 years old; Gulamdon, in retirement age (names are changed for security reasons).   interviewed November 7, 2015.   There are 55 employees working in our nursery school. Nine of them are on maternal leave. We went to harvest cotton both for a daily shift …

  Dr. Farhod K. 1, 43-year old physician at a village medical clinic 2 in Qashqadaryo Region   interviewed November, 2014 Farhod: At the beginning of the year [2014], they announced that we will work at the cotton fields. We pick cotton every year. Since cotton harvesting is every year in September, we all understand …

  Furkat, age 31, high school teacher, Syrdarya region   interviewed October 31, 2014   Furkat: Cotton harvesting started this year on September 7th. In contrast to previous years, only 3rd-year high-school students were involved in cotton picking this autumn. Even before this year’s cotton season, the college director told us that only 3rd-year students …