Modern day child labor

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Hours of child labor

In the world, this year

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Modern day child labor is a...
tragic story of millions of children working under dangerous conditions. The number is going down but only slowly. Information of child labour reveal horrible facts.

Top 6 facts about child labor

1

A tragedy

More than half of the World’s 200 million working children are working under hazardous conditions. Behind every single number is a child denied the right to a childhood - and a normal healthy life.


2

Children pay high price for cheap labor

Some child laborers work from 6 in the morning until 7 at night for less than 20 cents a day.


3

Producing our everyday products

Most child workers work on farms that produce cocoa, coffee, cotton, rubber, tea, tobacco and other crops. Studies in Brazil, Kenya, and Mexico have shown that children under 15 make up 25-30 percent of the total labor-force in those commodities.


4

Children in industrial production

About 20 million child workers worldwide are employed in industrial production. Girls and boys produce a range of goods including garments, carpets, toys, matches, brassware, footballs, fireworks, and hand-rolled cigarettes.


5

The end of child labor is within reach

The number of child workers is decreasing, but the rate by which it is happening is slowing. A strong and sustained global movement is needed to provide the extra push towards eliminating child labour.


6

What you can do

Fair trade products are produced without the use of child labor.



Child labor

Figures for child labor is calculated by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Their estimates are based on various data sources, i.e. national surveys on child labor (SIMPOC), the World Bank’s “Living Standards Measurements Study” (LSMS) surveys, the “Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys” (MICS) done by UNICEF, as well as other survey data. The most recent ILO estimate puts the number of child workers at 215 million in 2008 (down from 222 million in 2004). The figure above is a rough extension of the ILO estimate; assuming that the trend (3 percent in 4 years) continues in the same fashion. Unfortunately, there are signs that the rate of decline has been slowing. From 2000 to 2004, for example, the ILO found that the number of child workers fell from 245 to 222 million (9 percent). UNICEF defines child labor as work that exceeds a minimum number of hours, depending on the age of a child and on the type of work. The work is considered harmful to the child and should be eliminated. According to UNICEF a child worker is a child who is aged: - 5-11 and works at least 1 hour in economic work, or 28 hours in domestic work per week. - 12-14 and works at least 14 hours in economic work, or 28 hours in domestic work per week. - 15-17 and works at least 43 hours in economic or domestic work per week. Assuming an average of 40 hours of work a week for 50 weeks this is 430 billion hours of child labor a year. This is a very rough estimate - some work much less and some much more.


A tragedy

Children pay high price for cheap labor

Producing our everyday products

Children in industrial production

The end of child labor is within reach

What you can do

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