Kusum Gupta, a 43-year-old Indian sweatshop owner, is suing the creators of “aVOID”, an internet plug-in that blocks out items produced by brands known to employ child laborers, for financial and psychological damages incurred by his child labor force.
Although the aVOID plug-in is aimed at punishing brands employing child labor, it has the knock-on effect of destroying the market value of the children. According to Gupta, it will “make these kids rubbish for resale to other factories or slave traders.” The Times of India speculated that the plug-in will put some 6,300,000 six- to ten-year-olds on the market by driving Gupta and others out of business.
One analyst predicted that the price per child would drop below one rupee (US$ 0.02). “And let’s not forget China,” he added. “There will be billions of children and not a single buyer out there.” Global economic gloom notwithstanding, in New Delhi, Gutpa is inconsolable. “This is an outrage!” – said Mr. Gupta. “I’ve spent years of my life building this sweatshop for what it is today and some heartless bastards are trying to run me out of business for no apparent reason. What did I ever do to them?” – added the sweatshop owner.
Mr. Gupta also said that a lot of young people have slaved away at his shop during the years to get the attention of such big clients as Nike, and certainly he’s not going to let a bunch of “computer nerds” destroy what these kids built with their “own two hands.” The sweatshop owner is now faced with having to get falsified IDs for his illegal kid workers in order to stay competitive, The Global Edition is exclusively reporting.
Vikram Malhotra, Mr. Gupta’s lawyer, stated exclusively for The Global Edition that “it was no easy task to get in touch a with a forgerer who can make as many as 35 fake ID’s on a such short deadline, and as soon as he finishes, Mr. Gupta is planning on filing a defamation lawsuit against the owners of the “aVOID” app.” In an interview with a couple of child workers from Mr. Gupta’s sweatshop about the current issue, 8-year-old Rahul Chopra said that he “personally can’t wait until he gets his fake ID because then he can apply for a driving license and get a second job as a taxi driver during the night.”