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'Tukang Suun' reflects the plight of Balinese child workers

  • Anton Muhajir

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 30 2008   /  10:33 am
Nine-year-old I Wayan Cenik, a tukang suun (porter), waits for her customers in Badung market in downtown Denpasar. (JP/Anton Muhajir)(porter), waits for her customers in Badung market in downtown Denpasar. (JP/Anton Muhajir)

Nine-year-old I Wayan Cenik, a tukang suun (porter), waits for her customers in Badung market in downtown Denpasar. (JP/Anton Muhajir) She has not yet reached her 10th birthday, but Ni Wayan Cenik has already had an adult's burden laid on her shoulders. The young child works from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and after a brief rest in her cramped house, she will return to work another shift until 8 p.m. On the average, Cenik works nine hours per day. Her day starts early in the morning. After helping her mother do household chores, Cenik will walk three kilometers to Peken Badung, the largest traditional market on the island. In the market, she will approach housewives and traders who flock the market, offering her service as a tukang suun. The term refers to a porter who for a small payment, will assist people by carrying their purchases. Tukang suun usually car...