"We took out a loan from a business owner named Cayman, and in return, he wants you to work for him until you are 18."
"We are so sorry, Asha."
"But sir, it is night. I have to go home."
"This place is filthy! You will work another 3 hours!"
"I don't care! Start cleaning!'
"Hi! My name is James, and I work volunteer for an organization called Children Helping Children. Do you work here?"
Asha had a pretty good life before, better than most children in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. There, out of every five kids, one works. However, Asha was able to go to school, and have a normal life. Until her parents told her some bad news.
"Yes, I do. My name is Asha."
"Well, Asha, my organization works to stop child labor. And the work you are doing would be illegal in many other countries."
"Would you like to come to our camp?"
"These are the other organization volunteers. We are young, but we know we can still make a difference."
This system, called debt bondage, is common in Africa. Since Asha was now working, she would no longer be able to go to school. She did not want to work, but she knew that if she didn't her parents would be in danger.
"Hi! I'm Shania. Did you know that 85 million children on earth work in dangerous conditions? And you are one of them!"
"I'm Amy. The area you live in has the most child labor in the world."
"I'm Charlie. We want you to join our protest tomorrow."
Asha was treated horribly, and her work was sometimes dangerous. However, this is also not uncommon. Out of every 10 children in child labor in the sub-Saharan area, 1 works in dangerous conditions.
"STOP CHILD LABOR!"
"FREE THE CHILDREN!"
When Asha finally gets out of work that day, she meets James. She is interested in what he is saying, so she agrees to come to his camp.
Asha is inspired by how hard these kids were working, even though they weren't much older than her. So she agrees to join the protest.
They stand outside Asha's work building all day. After a while, they attract a crowd.