James Chance

Projects: Building Bangkok

Bangkok is a city packed with luxury hotels, condominiums, and multi-million dollar shopping malls, and like its sister cities around East Asia, the development shows no sign of slowing.

The poor financial status of the construction workers stands in dark contrast with the excess boasted by the multi-million dollar hotels they build. The large teams mostly consist of men and women recruited from the poorer rural areas of Thailand. Smaller operations often employ entire families and it is not uncommon to see teenagers and sometimes children working alongside their parents. In Thailand, the child labor laws allow children aged 13 and older to work on ‘’light projects.’’