Tobacco's Child Workers

Channel 4: Unreported World

Reporter Jenny Kleeman and director Julie Noon travel to Malawi to investigate claims that children as young as three are being illegally employed to produce tobacco.


The country's children suffer symptoms associated with nicotine poisoning and the pair find many trapped in bonded labour arrangements: a modern form of slavery. When they try to arrange an interview with the Minister of Labour to discuss their findings, he fails to turn up. All the evidence they gather points to poor, vulnerable and exposed Malawian children bearing the costs of the tobacco industry's vast profits.


'Thank heaven...for Kleeman, ferreting about the place, being a proper journalist, exposing the bad guys…’
- Guardian


'Another reason, if any more be needed, not to smoke...’
- The Telegraph


'Jenny Kleeman’s powerful report ...connecting child and bonded labour to cigarettes sold in Britain’
- Sunday Times


'...a shocking but necessary indictment’
- Observer
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