Tragic scenario, but a true one. Thousands of children in Uzbekistan are sent by the government to work in cotton fields. This disrupts the education of huge numbers of children during the harvest season. The government is fully aware of the thousands of children that endure unsafe and unhealthy conditions in the Uzbekistan cotton fields and, in fact they use the children to meet their own personal quota. Cotton farmers must sell their crop to the government at the below-market rates that it sets. Once purchased, the government then sells the cotton on the global market for the actual market price.