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Suzanne20110415-Minor-Miners-Meghalaya-1138.JPG
Groups of men gather around small platforms where they gamble on a dice game, common in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. Alcoholism, gambling, fighting and prostitution are major issues amongst the coal workers and truck drivers...In Jaintia Hills, underaged children work in unscientific, largely unmonitored and extremely dangerous underground coal mines dug out by often trafficked children using primitive methods and tools. The north eastern Indian state of Meghalaya sits on about 640 million tons of coal, with 40 million tons of that in Jaintia Hills alone which has about 5000 privately owned mines.  Photo by Suzanne Lee for Panos London