Many tanneries are run by local families living and working under poor conditions.
A laborer waits her turn to join a leather tannery workshop in Kolkata, eastern India. Many tanneries rely on cheap labor, mostly of women. The leather industry occupies an important place in the Indian economy. It is an employment intensive sector with a vast potential for growth and exports, but also a pollution-intensive industry that relies on cheap labor. Piyal Adhikary/European Pressphoto Agency Buy Photo