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Family members, including the youngest, clean silkworm cocoons in Kokand, Uzbekistan, in June 2009. The silkworm business is a state monopoly, and farmers facing fines or the loss of land leases if they miss quotas need the whole family to work. (Associated Press)

Family members, including the youngest, clean silkworm cocoons in Kokand, Uzbekistan, in June 2009. The silkworm business is a state monopoly, and farmers facing fines or the loss of land leases if they miss quotas need the whole family to work. (Associated Press)

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