Uzbekistan, a central Asian republic, is the 2nd largest exporter of cotton in the world.
- cotton irrigation and pesticide use have caused environmental catastrophe
- teachers take their children to work in the fields as ordered by the state
- adult and child workers drink out of the tainted irrigation canals
- they are forced to sell the cotton for a fraction of the market price
- protesters are killed by the government; men, children, women and their babies