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No child's play in life of cigarette rolling, toiling

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Eleven-year-old Sagira Ansari, right, rolls bidi tobacco with her family at their house in Dhuliyan, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Sagira Ansari, 11, is among hundreds of thousands of children toiling in the hidden corners of rural India, working in hazardous industries crucial to the economy.

Nearly every child in Sagira’s town of Dhuliyan works through the tobacco dust to feed India's near limitless demand for the thin, tight cigarettes, known as bidis. Sagira and her family earn 75 rupees ($1.50) for every 1,000 bidis rolled which brings in about 7,500 rupees ($150) a month.

-- The Associated Press

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Sagira Ansari watches a man weigh tendu leaves which will be used to roll tobacco, outside her house.

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Sagira Ansari rolls bidi tobacco at her house in Dhuliyan, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Sagira Ansari holds up bundles of bidi tobacco cigarettes that she rolled at her house in Dhuliyan.

Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Sagira Ansari, who earns a living by rolling bidi tobacco, combs her hair during a break from work at her family's home in Dhuliyan, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

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