A Stop to Child Labor
by~ Payton Miller
Can you imagine your little brother or sister working twelve hours a day in a cave or tunnel where they could get crushed by a massive rock or breathe in toxic dust? Well, this could happen to any child laborer. They would have to deal with these conditions daily for little or no income. Also, these unsafe jobs interrupt their education and childhood. People like Iqbal and Craig are teen activists working to stop child labor.
Where Child Labor Happens
These dangerous conditions can very badly hurt these kids.
It can hurt them emotionally and physically.
It can also hurt them enough to even kill them.
Iqbal the Teen Activist
Iqbal had a difficult life, but still fought against child labor. Iqbal’s father sold him for twelve dollars when he was four years old. He was chained in a room and was forced to weave carpets for twelve hours a day. He escaped at from slavery at age ten and he went to North America and spoke out against child labor. Iqbal went back to Pakistan at age twelve and got shot in the head and he died. Iqbal was a teen activist that inspired many people to help make a change and stop child labor.
Craig the Teen Activist
Craig is another example of a teen activist that helps fight against child labor. He was inspired by Iqbal when he was twelve and first read a article on Iqbal and his life. He was the same age as Iqbal so he compared his life to Iqbal's and decided that he need to make a difference. Craig now travels several different countries and his goal is stop child labor for good. He has helped change many laws and rules already on child labor and still speaks out against it to kids today, at age fourteen. Craig is an example of no matter how young you are you can always make a difference.