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Iqbal Masih (Urdu: اقبال مسیح) (b. 1982 - April 16, 1995), was a young Pakistan Catholic boy who was forced into bonded labour in a carpet factory at the age of four, became an international figurehead for the Bonded Labour Liberation Front at the age of 10 when he escaped and was brutally murdered in 1995 at the age of 13 by being shot in the back with a twelve gauge shotgun. Iqbal Masih was born in Muridke, a very small, rural village outside of Lahore in Pakistan. Shortly after Iqbal's birth, his father, Saif Masih, abandoned the family. Iqbal's mother, Inayat, worked as a housecleaner, but found it difficult to make enough money to feed all her children from her small income. Iqbal was sold as a child slave by his mother at the age of four for the equivalent of 12 USD. He was forced to work on a carpet loom in a small town called Muridke near Lahore, and was forced to work fourteen hours per day. He was only paid three cents by Arshad (His boss). Due to long hours of hard work and...
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