Child Labour

Stop Child Labour and prevent it from happening!

It happens all around the world and it must be stopped now because enough is enough!

It is often heard that child labour occurs in poor countries such as Somalia, Myanmar, Sudan, etc. These countries have very poor infrastructure and economies which affects the future of children in terms of education, jobs, etc.

To stop it, you must understand it...

As stated before, several countries are very poor economically which prevents several citizens from receiving occupations to support their families with. When adults from countries are desperate for jobs because they must support their families in order to receive necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. When these families eventually get desperate for money, they result with having no choice rather than forcing/selling their kids to earn some money. On the other hand, business people, industries, etc take advantage of these desperate families and provide their kids extremely low wages for extremely hard jobs lasting for several hours per day. You may have heard that this is illegal but companies still continue to hire little children to do the same work adults find difficult due to the fact that the worker’s rights are repressed. Industrial owners and business men usually fire children if they try to get involved in any union activity that protests against child labour. The children are then left with no choice except than to continue working silently, taking in all the harm, getting abused, and still making very little money.

Have you ever wondered how it is like to experience child labour?

Well, Child Labour is happening in many forms:


Agriculture- over 60 % of child labour occurs in the agriculture industry. They face a lot of health risks from the pesticides, little or no pay, and inadequate food and water


Manufacturing - over 14 million children have been involved in the manufacturing industries. This includes production of clothing, footwear, fireworks, carpets, glass , and bricks in very harsh conditions.


Mining- These children have to carry heavy loads and break up rocks. While other have to set up explosives. The gunpowder and dust have severe health problems. They mine gold, charcoal, diamond which sadly they don't get to keep but instead have to give to their employers for very little pay.
Child Labour: A Day in the Life

Who is taking part in Child Labour?

The majority of the child labour is caused by employers wanting to save money by hiring young children. These employers are desperate to save money, so they don’t hesitate to hire children and force them to work. In Asian countries, there are many unsuccessful companies that need to cut corners on every budget, and at the same time, there are many families that need money to keep themselves alive. This is seen as a benefit to the bosses/employers and a benefit to the poor family however the child is the one who is suffering by being forced to work from morning to night.

Some quick facts you should know about child labour...

  • There are approximately 27 million slaves present in the world today which is more than any other time in the past.
  • 218 million children as young as 5 years are involved in child labor worldwide.
  • Globally, 1 in every 6 children do labour jobs.
  • 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often suffering from beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.
  • The highest numbers of child labourers are in the Asia/Pacific region.
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Child Labour

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