Child Labor Good or Bad?

When is the line drawn amid okay and not okay child labor?

What is child labor?

  • Someone working under the age of 15.
  • One third of parents handed kids over
  • 86% of 229 girls
  • 250 million kids age 5-14- (61% Asia, 32% Africa, 7% Latin America and Carribian)
  • elementary age not allowed to work- if dangers health
  • the labor could be traditions, lack of education, or because of a developing area
US Commits $10-Million to Combat Child Labor in Cocoa Fields

There are many dangers to child labor, here are just a few...

  • girls become frightened to go home- afraid of 'aunties'
  • shouted at
  • 14-18 hours per day
  • they don't get a lot of food
  • bad treetment form their 'employers'
Many Families Depend on Forced Child Labor

How could child labor be good? You may ask.

  • Sometimes developing nations need the extra help from children
  • kids need the work to survive
  • children require less pay than adults
  • kids are more docile
  • countries defend child labor as a necessity

Boys in child labor

Boys usually get the agricultural and fishing things like

  • harvesting crops
  • going fishing

Two real stories of girls who were forced into child labor

"One day, I was coming back from the market crying because a gang had beaten me up and taken all the money I'd made from selling iced juice. A man proposed to give me the money I must give to my auntie but I had to stay with him for a while before returning home. He abused me sexually. He always wants the same thing. Another day, he paid for the whole tray of fruits I was selling, and I had to do the very same thing. I fled from my auntie and found refuge with a Gabonese woman."

[Another girl said:] "I couldn't sell of lot of fruit that day. I went back home and my auntie beat me because I didn't bring enough money. I ran away to cry behind the house. A man proposed that I spend that night with him and he would pay my auntie the money I owe. The following day, he brought me to a station where we took a bus for Equatorial Guinea [western Africa]. I worked a lot on a plantation and also acted as his wife. One day, I fled by going through the forest until Libreville [Gabon]. From there I was brought back to Benin."...

What else do kids in child labor do?

  • 150000 work in heat- orange season, 12hours, 6month
  • mining-one in every five girls and one in every six boys

My thoughts on the topic. (Answer to E.Q.)

I personally belive that not all child labor is bad. I think the line is drawn right when the kid is forced or the job endangers their health.


Works Cited

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Many Families Depend on Forced Child Labor. Dir. VOAvideo. YouTube. YouTube, 11 June 2011. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

Rosenkrantz, Holly. "Taking Aim at Child Labor Laws." Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 05 Jan. 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

See W. Trattner, Crusade for the Children (1970); Also Annual Reports of the National Child Labor Committee.

Tierney, John J. "Regulated Child Labor Is Necessary in Developing Countries." Child Labor and Sweatshops. Ed. Ann Manheimer. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2006. At Issue. Rpt. from "The World of Child Labor." The World & I Online. Vol. 15. 2000. 54. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2014.Document URL

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Wikipedia. "Child Labour." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. For a picture!