Child Labor

Is forced child labor a human rights abuse?

What is child labor?

Children who work to improve economies and support families (more for different ages)

Backround Information

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Dangers of Child Labor

"children are sold into servitude, chained to machines, and forced to work under the most dangerous and unsanitary conditions"

Some jobs are miners, prostitutes, soldiers, drug smugglers, or bonded laborers


  • Children can come down with pesticides and diseases from working in harsh working environments
  • Long lasting body pain
  • death of children
  • Unable to have an education

Benefits of Child Labor

Informal Response

I believe child labor should NOT be allowed under any circumstances. If a family needs money, the parents can go to work and earn a family living. This would avoid children being placed in the dangerous situations of working in harsh environments.

Bibliography

  • Anti-Slavery International and International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. "Forced Child Labor Is a Human Rights Abuse." Do Children Have Rights? Ed. Jamuna Carroll. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. At Issue. Rpt. from "Forced Labour in the 21st Century." 2001. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.




  • Children's World Congress on Child Labour. "An International Declaration Against Child Exploitation."Children's Declaration. Children's World Congress on Child Labour, 2004. Rpt. in Child Labor and Sweatshops. Ed. Ann Manheimer. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2006. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

  • Posner, Michael, and Lynda Clarizio. "Workplace Codes Could Prevent Sweatshop Abuses." Child Labor and Sweatshops. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1999. At Issue.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  • Silicon, Jack. "Child Labor Is a Serious Problem in Latin America." Latin America. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Clock Watchers: Working Kids Keep Poor Latin American Families Afloat, But at a Long-Term Cost for the Region." Latin Trade 14 (Jan. 2006): 20. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

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. 8 Dec. 2015