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The Siddi of Karnataka.


When Anti Slavery International asked me to take photos for them in Southern India the assignment that stood out for me was documenting bonded labour

among the Siddis. The Siddis, along with the Dalits, have and continue to be victims of bonded labour and exploitation by higher castes. My interest was sparked by the history of the Siddis; they are people of Black African descent settled in India for nearly five centuries. I hadn’t seen them on my previous travels to India or even heard of them. The population now only numbers a few thousand in the whole of India.