Captured by cotton: Girls duped into ‘bonded labour’ in India’s textile mills

From her two-room concrete home nestled among the lush coconut plantations of southern India, housewife Kavita has seen the region’s textile industry flourish for a decade, thanks to the labour of poor, lower caste women like herself. Promising a better life, “agents” have for years visited these poor, rural parts of Tamil Nadu and taken…