Child labor

Is regulated child labor necessary in developing countries?

Background information

Child Labor is when children usually between the age of 5 and 14 are engaged in labor. Otherwise referred to as being deprived of a childhood. There are two types of child labor, there is abusive and regulated work . Abusive labor is at a minimum 14 hours and could go up to 28 hours a week! Child labor is working for little or no pay at hazardous risks. Some children could be doing anything from mining,working with machinery, or agriculture etc.

Examples : In Pakistan the soccer ball industry employs a very high amount of children to work stitching the soccer balls. This can be a very dangerous job for kids because they have to take a large needle and pierce it through the thick leather.This has to be done about 650 times a ball.

In Asia in the rug industry a lot of children are also employed. This is very dangerous to dangerous conditions such as lung damage from the dust particles and fibers in the air. The children can also be harmed by the manufacturing process that exposes chemicals.


  • Work could have positive effects on children's health in some situations, for the poorest children by contributing to the mere means of subsistence.
  • Child labor is an economic necessity for millions who cannot afford even the simplest of luxuries, every Penney the family can raise help
  • The family and national need for child labor is regarded as a necessity in most developing nations. Healthy labor, under supervised conditions, can also be productive and rewarding in the growth of a child.
  • Supplying money for their family can help supply food or clothing... it may not be much but what every you can take is good.
  • When regulated it can still be earning money but not as much of the hard dangerous work


  • In corrupt governments the law abuses the power so they might not know if the companies are abusing the regulations on child labor and might work the children too hard
  • The children are exposed to conditions that can harm their physical and mental health
  • Child labor deprives children of an education and school
  • Manufacturing jobs are extremely dangerous for children because of the chemicals they are exposed to, the machines they use, And the dust fibers they breathe in can harm their lungs
  • Agriculture has the highest injury rate for children

Children making soccer balls in Pakistan

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Children in Asia weaving rugs

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Final thoughts

Is regulated child labor necessary in developing countries? I don't think it should be necessary, but unfortunately it is necessary. If your country is still developing into a better country and your citizens are in poverty so they can't make enough money to support their family they turn to child labor to help.So in conclusion I do think it is necessary but I think it NEEDS to be regulated majorly!!!


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