In Thailand, and the Maghreb children are often 'given' away in payment for a debt entered into by the family, or merely to have one less mouth to feed. Estimates of the number of bonded labourers in India range from 2.6 to 5 million, a large number being employed in the urban industrial sector, in the brick kilns and construction sites of Punjab and Haryana. If the definition for bonded labour as stated by the Supreme Court of India is used the number of bonded labourers would be 75-80 million about 10% of the population. Bonded labourers also exist in the agrarian sector of 10 States in the Indian Union. It is estimated that there are 25 million bonded children in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Besides, in India alone more than 50 million child-labourers work in conditions indistinguishable from slavery.