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There is hope to stop the...
worst forms of child labour. This includes children working in mines, with toxic chemicals and pesticides, or working with dangerous machinery. But huge efforts are needed.

Top 5 facts about the end of child labor

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A shocking problem

115 million children are estimated to work in the worst forms of child labor such as slavery, bonded labor, prostitution or hazardous work. This is nearly 1 in every 13 of the world's children aged 5 to 17 years. ILO has a goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.


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But there is hope

The number of children in hazardous work declined 31 percent between 2004 and 2008 for children aged 5-14. Unfortunately it increased for children aged 15-17. Eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016 will be a HUGE challenge.


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What is a hazardous job?

Hazardous child work includes working in mines, working with toxic chemicals and pesticides in farms, or working with dangerous machinery.


4

Mining: an extremely dangerous form of child labor

About 1 million children work in mines. These kids face mercury poisoning, respiratory problems, musculo-skeletal disorders, and they risk being severely injured, permanently disabled, or even killed.


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What you can do

Go for fairtrade products and support companies that would never use child labor. You can find them at FirmHugger.com



The end of child labor

In their report “The End of Child Labor” from 2006, the ILO was quite optimistic about ending the worst forms of child labor by 2016. The new report “Accelerating action against child labour”, however, paints a somewhat less optimistic picture. This is partly due to the economic crisis which has played a part in reducing the rate at which child labor is decreasing. New and large-scale efforts are therefore needed to re-establish the hope of ending the worst forms of child labor by 2016. The countdown is set to the end of 2016.


A shocking problem

But there is hope

What is a hazardous job?

Mining: an extremely dangerous form of child labor

What you can do

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