The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are about 250 million economically active children worldwide.

FORCED sets out to capture, through a series of short multimedia documentary films, the complexity and prolific occurrence of child labour and exploitation around the world.

Five countries will be selected from across the continents of Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. The first chapter documenting child labour in Bangladesh is completed.

We believe there is a grey zone between survival and exploitation of working children; these films aim to document and explore in which societies child labour is accepted, to what degree it is tolerated and where does one draw the line?

Through short multimedia documentary films, our aim is to tell the story of child labour through the voices and intimate testimonies of children. We also hope to demonstrate that child slavery is not a phenomenon of the past, but that it is prolific, and is taking place far closer to home than the vast majority of people like to believe.


25 minute multimedia documentary film South East Asia is by far the region where slavery is most thriving and culturally complex.


This 25 minute short multimedia documentary film presents the reality of child labour in Bangladesh. From striking images of boys collecting garbage and working in brick factories, through to the intimate


testimonies of girls who work as sex workers in one of Bangladesh’s largest brothels, working children are an integral part of the economy.


Boys comprise about three-quarters of all working children in Bangladesh, many working in hazardous jobs such as in brick factories or as rickshaw pullers.


Working girls are more often to be found in „hidden“ jobs, such as domestic labour or as sex workers, where they are particularly vulnerable because they work behind closed doors.


The sex market is expanding at an unprecedented pace and touching every strata of society. Over the last decade thousands of Bangladeshi girls were lured under false circumstances and sold into the sex industries in different countries including Bangladesh.