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what is child mining?

What is child mining?

Child mining is a type of labor, like most labor it is working in terrible contend with little care. These children are forced to work very long days if mining with little rest. The places these mines and stuff are found are usally in South America, South Asia, all over Africa and can even be found in Mexico. A child who works in diamond mines usally only finds 5-6 dimonds, per day. After finding them they go to local market to sell, and if they can't sell there they go to the black market. A diamond usally only sells for about 1-2 American dollars. A child may also work in a gold, silver, or jewel mines. All in the same conditions, Sometimes you are forced to go in a very small hole with 1-2 other people. A child working in the minds is usally about 5-16 years old and work at least 12 hour days. A child is usally forced to work in mines when there parents can no longer afford to support there family on there own, so they must forced there child into work.
Children of the mines
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Where does this labor happen

Child mining is mostly found in South Asia but can also be found in parts of Africa and northern South America, it is found in many other places around the world as well, it has also been said that it can be found in Mexico. Once these children find the mineral they are looking for they usually go to the town to sell them on the market, some children even go to the black market, you would think these child would be very rich , but, 1 diamond is usually sold for less then 2 American dollars.

What is a child's job?

A child's job is usally to sift which means they take gravel or sand that is said to have whatever mineral in it, they put the sand or gravel on a player and shake it until it is small enough to see the dimonds or gold. Or they may carry up bags of sand to be sifted. There of corse are many other jobs as well.

Hamsi, an 11 year old boy.

Even though he is only 11 years old, Hamisi already has had a career as a miner. He dropped out of his third year of primary school and left his home village of Makumira in Tanzania after his father was unable to pay for his uniform and school fees. Although Hamisi's parents have their own half-acre coffee farm, their income fell sharply because of the decline in the market price for coffee throughout the world.

Hamisi had heard stories of people making money from mining and decided to try his luck. He asked his mother for a small amount of money to buy some socks and other items, but instead used this for the bus fare to Mererani, a town in northern Tanzania about 70 kilometres from his home. "I nearly suffocated inside the pits due to an inadequate supply of oxygen," he adds. At the mining sites and in the township children like Hamisi are called "nyokas", or "snake boys", because they crawl along the small tunnels underground just like snakes. The health of the snake boys is very poor, as they breathe in the harmful graphite dust found in the mines and they do not have enough to eat. Hamisi often worked up to 18 hours a day with only one meal of buns and boiled or cooked cassava." If he could find s gem stone he could make 24$-122$ but the was very rare.

Kay Jewlers.

They are one of many companies that don't use child labor for the dimonds they sell. Check out the companies customers information to read more.

10 facts

10 facts about child mining.

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