Child Labor
By: Alex Seminara

That's Child Labor

Imagine not being able to move
In the same spot, In the same groove
Not knowing when you'll be free
Your heart is searching for a moment of glee
That's Child Labor

Imagine not being able to eat 3 meals a day
You never get a chance to play
The money you make is less then a dollar
Like you're hooked by a collar
That's Child Labor

You feel like your life is over
Like you will never find your 4-leaf clover
There's nothing for you to remember
But your work as a Child Laborer
That's Child Labor

Don't worry you'll be free
You'll see
We are all helping you
Just belive
That's why we're here
Don't fear
That's why we're fighting Child Labor

By: Katy,7th Grade Smyrna Middle School,USA


  • Most of the children are under the age of 14 years old.

  • They leave home to escape the severe poverty of their home areas.

  • In almost all cases, according to some of the children who managed to return, they ended up in poorly paid jobs on plantations or in domestic service, often at great risk to their health, sometimes beaten or prey to sexual predators.

  • The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other agencies are launching campaigns to try to stop child labor in many African countries.

  • Across Africa, there are an estimated 80 million child workers, a number that could rise to 100 million by 2015.

  • Since the problem is closely linked to the continent's poverty, and can only be eliminated with increases in family incomes and children's educational opportunities, UNICEF, the ILO and other groups are focusing initially on the "worst forms" of child labor. These include forced labour and slavery, prostitution, employment in the drug trade and other criminal activities, and occupations that are especially dangerous to children's health and security.

  • Many government agencies are trying to track down child traffickers, because trafficking tears children away from the protection of their famalies.The trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation was also reported.

  • Trafficked children, the study found, were working between 10 and 20 hours a day, carrying heavy loads and operating dangerous tools. They often lack adequate food and drink. Nigeria reported that one out of five children trafficked in that country died of illness or accidents. Others contracted sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Although parents were sometimes persuaded by recruiters to send their children away to earn some extra income, often neither the children nor the parents were paid.

  • Africa is one of the biggest countries with a poor school and education system.

  • Most parents who send their children to work say that the children only work to make money to support the family.

  • HIV/AIDS is a large spreading disease in many African countries, and it increases the likelihood of children being forced into exploitative labor.
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Latin America
  • In Latin America, there is an estimated 250 million child workers between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. 18 million are between the ages of 10 and 14 years old. Out of all of the children in Latin America, an estimated 26% are forced to work.

  • In Colombia, an estimated 2.5 million children are forced to work to support their families. Only 60% of all the children in Colombia leave school with a primary school diploma.

  • On average, child laborers work six to seven hours a day. Each day, they work about nine hours. Their wages are pitifully low and most of them receive no health or unemployment benefits.

  • Many children are found working in secret and illegal workshops. They make fireworks and other expolsives, and they expose themselves to toxic, flammable, and explosvie material.
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  • There are about 250 million economically active children (individuals below 18 years old) worldwide.Sixty one percent or roughly 153 million of these workers are in Asia.

  • Children in Asia begin their work as young as seven years old.

  • Exploitation of children in commercial sex trade remains the worst form of child labor in our region. UNICEF estimates that about one million children are lured or forced into the sex trade in Asia every year. Many children were introduced to the work by people who have known them their entire lives.

  • Trafficking of children is also a large problem.Trafficking of both children and adults feeds largely on the desire of poor families and many young people for economic and personal advancement through migration for work.Trafficking routes are found within countries, from rural to urban centers or to areas with large demand for unskilled labor, and across borders, usually from less developed to developing countries.

  • Also referred to as child servitude and child debt bondage, bonded child labor exists in Asia. It is closely linked to trafficking of children, and more extensively rooted in socio-cultural and political structures in parts of South Asia. In many cases, bonded children are delivered in repayment of a loan or other favors given in advance, real or imaginary, usually to the parents or the guardians of the child. Children work like slaves in the process, never knowing when their debt will finally be considered paid.Bonded child labor in South Asia is found in domestic work and in agricultural, brick making, glass, leather tanning, gem polishing, and many other manufacturing and marketing industries.

  • Household child domestic workers exist in Asia, whrere children go to work in middle to upper class homes in very unhealthy and unsanitary working conditions. They are remained hidden.

  • Internal armed conflicts in several Asian countries expose more children to armed groups and increase the probability of their forced recruitment as combatants. Children are not only sent to the front lines, they are also used as spies, porters, helpers in camps, and are often subjected to abusive treatment.

  • A number of children's organizations have become effective change agents in their communities and countries across the region.
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