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Anti-Slavery International

Child labour

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What is child labour?

Some types of work make useful, positive contributions to a child’s development. Work can help children learn about responsibility and develop particular skills that will benefit them and the rest of society. Often, work is a vital source of income that helps to sustain children and their families.

However, across the world, millions of children do extremely hazardous work in harmful conditions, putting their health, education, personal and social development, and even their lives at risk. These are some of the circumstances they face:

- Full-time work at a very early age
- Dangerous workplaces
- Excessive working hours
- Subjection to psychological, verbal, physical and sexual abuse
- Obliged to work by circumstances or individuals
- Limited or no pay
- Work and life on the streets in bad conditions
- Inability to escape from the poverty cycle — no access to education

How big is the problem?

- The International Labour Organization estimates there are 218 million working children aged between five and 17 (2006)

- 126 million are estimated to work in the worst forms of child labour — one in every 12 of the world’s five to 17 years olds (2006)

- 74 million children under 15 are in hazardous work and should be "immediately withdrawn from this work" (2006)

- 8.4 million children are in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of forced labour, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities (2002)

- Girls are particularly in demand for domestic work

- Around 70 per cent of child workers carry out unpaid work for their families

date of on-line publication : 30 July 2007

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