Documentary filmmaker and photographer based in South Asia.
S. R. Grasso
An estimated 214 million persons worldwide are international migrants, along with an estimated 740 million internal migrants. Youth make up a disproportionate share of migrants from developing countries; about one third is between 12 and 25 years old. This includes millions of children under the age of 18. Migrant Children travelling with or with out their family in the South-East Asian region are most vulnerable group risking of child labor and human trafficking. Children attached to migrant worker parents can be found actively working in sectors such as domestic labor, street vending, farming, construction, waste collecting in garbage dumps and begging, often without accompanying adults or family and without safety or protection. Other common forms of child labor found in migrant communities including seafood processing, where children are often found working along side their parents in seafood markets or ship docks where seafood are unloaded, processing plants, and frozen processed food factories.
Boys begging through the chain-linked fence separating Burma from Thailand in the thai border city of Mae Sai.
Burmese children begging at the Thai-Burmese border city of Mae Sai.
Cambodian children begging in the no man's land between the Thai and Cambodian checkpoints of the Paoy Paet border.
Beggar children taking a break at the Thai-Burmese border of Mae Sai.
Young teen working on a construction site in one of Paoy Paet's many slums.
Boy living in a slum in Paoy Paet, Cambodia, near the Thai border. During the evenings, many children enter the no man's land in between the two checkpoints and beg the passers by.
Young construction worker on break at a the site of a future hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Little girl assisting her parents on a construction site in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Girl living in a slum in Paoy Paet, Cambodia, near the Thai border. During the evenings, many children enter the no man's land in between the two checkpoints and beg the passers by.
Young teen working at the Samut Sakhon fish market in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.
Two young boys transport flowers from a small field in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Teenage boy ending his night shift from a factory in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.
Young soldier at the Shan State Army (South) National Day in Loi Ta Leng, Myanmar.
Child selling items in the street in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Child selling items on a street in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Girl living and collecting waste in a garbage dump near Battambang, Cambodia.
Child begging at the Thai-Burmese border city or Mae Sai.