In this paper, we deal with one form of bonded labour generating under the brokerage system. We have led a qualitative survey in a small village of South India to study the phenomenon of brokerage. In this village, labourers are seasonal migrants who in order to migrate, take advance from brokers. The village is characterised by a high number of brokers who are in competition to attract labourers to their team. In this environment, labourers have the bargaining power to demand high amount of advance. Therefore, brokers bond them in order to reduce their bargaining power and to avoid competition.
Bhukuth, A. (2006), "Debt bondage in the brokerage system: a case study of sugarcane migrants in Tamil Nadu", International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 66-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb045859Download as .RIS
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