• India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery

    India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery0

    Up to 200,000 children a year fall into the hands of slave traders in India, many sold by their poverty-stricken parents for as little as £11. Now a group of activists has set out to rescue them from a life in the sweatshops of Delhi Gethin Chamberlain in Katihar, India, for The Observer, 5 August

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  • How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery

    How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery0

    Millions of Brits drink a cup of Assam tea each day, but it comes at a terrible price. Plantation workers on 12p an hour are easy prey for traffickers who lure away their daughters to India’s cities. Now pressure is growing on big tea brands to safeguard better pay Gethin Chamberlain in Assam, for The

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  • That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes

    That’s rich! Starbucks paying staff 25p an hour in new Indian cafes0

    Tax row coffee chain pays ‘poverty wages’ despite making £222 million profit in three months Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Sunday Mirror, 10 November 2012 TAX row coffee chain Starbucks is paying workers just 25p an hour at its newly-opened stores in India. The pittance falls far below the country’s official living wage and

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  • Death on five ton tiptoes

    Death on five ton tiptoes0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in North Bengal, India, for The National, Apr 20, 2012 The moment the elephant’s trunk wrapped itself around Fulmani Urao’s waist, she must have known it was all over. She did not even try to struggle. There was no point. It was about 1.30am when the huge, bad-tempered bull elephant smashed its way into

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  • Burning Bright

    Burning Bright0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Deulbari, Sundarbans, for The National, 27 October 2008 SWAPAN Haldar had no inkling the tiger was there until it pounced, clamping its jaws around his head and dragging him backwards into the thick mangrove forest. It was the last time anyone saw him alive. Haldar, 35, had set off the day before to fish

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  • ‘We want to work in Hollywood- but God still hasn’t fulfilled our dreams’

    ‘We want to work in Hollywood- but God still hasn’t fulfilled our dreams’0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Bombay for Grazia, 21 September 2009   IT is raining, the water dripping from roofs of tin and plastic into the pale grey ooze of the drain running down the narrow lane between the shanties that make up Bombay’s Garib Nagar slum. Rubina Ali, Slumdog Millionaire starlet and precocious 10-year-old, is skipping from

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  • The Slumdog Footman: The incredible journey that took a poor boy from a Calcutta orphanage to a starring role at Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of Prince George

    The Slumdog Footman: The incredible journey that took a poor boy from a Calcutta orphanage to a starring role at Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of Prince George0

    Badar Azim, 25, came to the UK thanks to an orphanage scholarship He found himself taking a lead role in announcing Prince George’s birth His family of nine live in just two rooms back in India Gethin Chamberlain, for The Mail on Sunday, in Calcutta, 27 July 2013 He began life in a slum apartment

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  • Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour

    Inside the Indian factory where workers churn out £200 handbags sported by Pippa Middleton for just 17p an hour0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Chennai, for The Mail on Sunday, 19 January 2013 IT is marketed as the very best of British, a handbag that has become the season’s must-have accessory after capturing the heart of Pippa Middleton. But what Modalu London’s thousands of admirers may not realise is that their favourite brand has hired a

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  • The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back

    The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Lucknow, India, for The National, 6 April 2013 THE young women stride out along the dusty street that cuts through the Madiyav slum. Their bright red uniforms glow in the late afternoon sun and there is no mistaking their air of confidence. Since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student

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  • Love is a battlefield

    Love is a battlefield0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The National, 29 October 2010 Aarti is stumbling across the fields, tears streaming down her face. Every now and again, she turns to look back over her shoulder, terrified that she is being followed. The man had shown her a gun, threatened her. She knew if they caught her that her life

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  • Human safaris may be banned, but still tourists flock to Andaman Islands

    Human safaris may be banned, but still tourists flock to Andaman Islands0

    Eight months after the Observer revealed the shocking story of how tourists were paying to gawp at reclusive tribe, Gethin Chamberlain returns to find the practice still goes on “Jarawa!” The cry goes up from the front of the bus and, in an instant, the tourists are on their feet, craning their necks to see

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  • Burning Issue

    Burning Issue0

    Despite years of robust economic growth, famine, insurgency and greed have pushed millions of people in India to the brink of starvation, especially in Jharkhand where famished children are ‘cured’ by branding Gethin Chamberlain in Mirgitand, India, for the South China Morning Post, 27 June 2010 The poker is glowing red hot, flames from a

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  • Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal

    Gap, Next and M&S in new sweatshop scandal0

    Indian workers are paid just 25p an hour and forced to work overtime in factories used by some of Britain’s best-known high street stores Gethin Chamberlain for The Observer, 8 August 2010 Some of the biggest names on the British high street are at the centre of a major sweatshop scandal. An Observer investigation has

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  • Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires

    Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Mumbai, for The Sun on Sunday, 20 April 2014 THEY are the slum kids who were going to set Hollywood alight – the stars of Oscars sensation Slumdog Millionaire, plucked from the gutter to become overnight stars. As the film became a global hit, Rubina Ali and Azhar Ismail were convinced a life

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  • Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day

    Jordan’s perfume bottled by workers paid £2.05 per day0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Mumbai, for The Observer, 13 June 2010 Workers at a factory in India have been paid just 26p an hour to make perfume bottles for England World Cup sponsor Umbro and the glamour model Katie Price, better known as Jordan. An Observer investigation found that the 7,000 employees at the factory in Gujarat

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  • Last days of the tiger?

    Last days of the tiger?0

    Gethin Chamberlain for the South China Morning Post , 21 February 2011 WHEN he found the bull the tiger had killed, Mangya Moghiya set to work quickly. The wily old poacher knew the tiger would be back soon, and he wished to stack the odds in his favour. He began digging a series of holes and

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  • The beating heart of Mumbai

    The beating heart of Mumbai0

    It is the biggest slum in Asia, home to more than a million people. It’s also the setting of Danny Boyle’s vibrant new film. But what’s it really like in Dharavi? Eight boys talk about life as slumdog millionaires Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer Magazine, 21 December 2008 Amid a narrow warren of side streets

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  • Scam-dog millionaires

    Scam-dog millionaires0

    Crooks pocket Indian aid as UK faces £66bn cuts Exclusive: Gethin Chamberlain MILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers’ money sent to India to educate poor children is falling into the pockets of crooked officials in the country. A News of the World investigation has uncovered corruption on an incredible scale after our Government poured in £340MILLION

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  • The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers

    The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers0

    With some conservationists claiming only 800 tigers still live in the wild, radical steps are needed if the species isn’t to disappear from India within five years by Gethin Chamberlain in Ranthambhore, India, for The Observer, 7 March 2010 The poachers perch on the rough platforms they have built in the trees about 15 feet

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  • Andaman human safaris

    Andaman human safaris0

    In January 2012 India was scandalised when the Observer exposed the practice of human safaris in the Andaman Islands with the publication of this video, showing members of the threatened Jarawa tribe being coaxed into dancing in return for food. The video accompanied an investigation in The Observer into the running of human safaris on the

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  • “How could this happen in Britain?”

    “How could this happen in Britain?”0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Pune, for The Sunday Mirror, 1 January 2012 NEHAL Sonawane sits on the bed of the neat little middle class house in the Indian city of Pune, waiting anxiously for news from England of investigation into the racist murder of her little brother Anuj. Her husband Rakesh is talking urgently into the

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  • Building rights

    Building rights0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Kolkata, for The National, 31 August 2009 THE pregnancy came all too easily. Monica was 13, and the man in question was her overseer at the brick kiln where she worked about 40km north of the booming Indian mega-city of Kolkata. More than twice her age and married with two children of his

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  • Assam’s modern slaves: the real price of a cup of Tetley tea

    Assam’s modern slaves: the real price of a cup of Tetley tea0

    Poverty pay on tea estates in Assam fuels a modern slave trade ensnaring thousands of young girls. A Guardian/Observer investigation follows the slave route from an estate owned by a consortium, including the owners of the best-selling Tetley brand, through to the homes of Delhi’s booming middle classes, exposing the reality of the 21st-century slave

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  • Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame

    Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame0

    Over the past 20 years in India, 10 million female babies have been aborted. The pressure to have sons is terrifying – mothers who bear daughters are beaten or cast aside by husbands and in-laws desperate to escape the financial burden of a girl’s dowry. Now mothers are being urged to ‘save the girl child’

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  • The tea pickers sold into slavery

    The tea pickers sold into slavery0

    One day Somila was living on an Assam plantation. The next, she had been sold into slavery hundreds of miles from home. Gethin Chamberlain joins the race to save her – and uncovers a flourishing slave trade that begins with the cost of tea picking tea in Assam

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  • Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers

    Monsoon’s internal audits reveal suppliers used child labour and underpaid workers0

    Monsoon, the fashion retailer, proclaims its fair trade values, but its internal audits reveal concern at suppliers’ failures to meet minimum ethical standards in India and China Gethin Chamberlain, in Delhi, for The Observer Monsoon, the fashion chain that pioneered ethical shopping, has used suppliers in India who employ child labour and pay workers below the

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  • One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic

    One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The National, 5 July 2011 It happens all of a sudden. One moment Anil Lakhotia is talking, the next his face is buried in his hands and his shoulders are shaking. Life goes on around him in a small cafe down a side street in the city across the river from Kolkata:

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  • The Human Safari

    The Human Safari0

    Jarawa people at risk from disease, predatory sex and exploitation as tourist convoys crowd the road through their jungle Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 7 January 2012 “Dance,” the policeman instructed. The girls in front of him, naked from the waist up, obeyed. A tourist’s camera panned round to another young woman, also naked and

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  • Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain

    Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain0

    Tribes say plans by UK-listed mining firm Vedanta to mine on holy land will destroy their way of life Gethin Chamberlain in Niyamgiri, India, for The Guardian, 12 October 2009 The ash spills out across the plain beneath the brooding bulk of Niyamgiri mountain, swamping the trees that once grew here, forming dirty grey-brown drifts around

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  • Two million slum children die every year as India booms

    Two million slum children die every year as India booms0

    India’s growing status as an economic superpower is masking a failure to stem a shocking rate of infant deaths among its poorest people. Gethin Chamberlain in Delhi, for The Observer, 4 October 2009 Nearly two million children under five die every year in India – one every 15 seconds – the highest number anywhere in the world.

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  • India prays for rain as water wars break out

    India prays for rain as water wars break out0

    The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 12 July 2009 It was a little after 8pm when the water started flowing through the pipe running beneath the dirt streets of Bhopal’s Sanjay Nagar slum.

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  • Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians

    Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians0

    As a fresh wave of sectarian violence is unleashed across the Indian state of Orissa, Gethin Chamberlain talks to homeless survivors in Kandhamal district who were forced to abandon their religion Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 19 October 2008 HUNDREDS of Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been forced to renounce their religion

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  • Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions

    Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions0

    Swanky new aid offices in India costing £442,000 are just one example of the disturbing way British taxpayers’ money is wasted  Gethin Chamberlain for Mail on Sunday, 12 April 2015 Set inside the walls of the High Commission compound in the smartest part of New Delhi, Britain’s aid offices are an oasis of calm amid

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  • India prays for rain as water wars break out

    India prays for rain as water wars break out0

    The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue. Gethin Chamberlain reports The Observer, 12 July 2009 It was a little after 8pm when the water started flowing through the pipe running beneath the dirt streets of Bhopal’s Sanjay Nagar slum. After days

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  • Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas

    Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Anandpur Sahib, India, for The Mail on Sunday, 25 August 2012 With a spear clutched in one hand, a bag of bananas in the other and iPod headphones tucked beneath a white and purple turban, Alexandra Aitken cuts a striking figure as she strides along an Indian country road. The look – completed

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine… and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weight-loss

    EXCLUSIVE: Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine… and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weight-loss0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Indore, India, for MailOnline, 12 January 2015 Children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for a new multi-billion pound anti-cervical cancer drug, it has been claimed. The new anti-cancer drug has just been approved for use in the United States and is due to

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