Did you know that over 218 million, children are child labourers. They have some of the worst jobs like packing gun powder into canisters, They are even shackled floor, weaving tiny knots for carpets that will be sold for high prices on the market.
Others are domestic servants, with low paying jobs. Paid pennies a day, two or three cents, these children are mutilated or killed if they try to escape the factories. Can you imagine having one your ears sliced off or being murdered for trying to escape such a bad place?
How did these children get into the labour? Some are tricked by the factory owners who say that they and their family will get enough money and care. The children go along, thinking that all will be ok, and before you know it, they are shackled to the floor or locked in a gunpowder room.
These children will often find it impossible to get out of the labour, unless liberated. They are charged for their food and roof, often inflated to many times its street value. It is often that these children are paid less than they need to even pay for the food, so they become more and more in debt. Often only working for their food and the roof over their head.
Now that we know the problem, we must find an answer. That answer is schooling, heavier laws against child labour, and most importantly, AWARENESS. If they can go to school, they can get proper jobs to care for their families, and stay out of the factories.
If there are laws, workplaces will be safer, proper wages doled out and children will not be able to be taken advantage of. But the most important thing is awareness. If there is awareness, there is change. Change will be when every child goes to school, getting the education they need. Change is when every child can play, be a kid.
We can help achieve this goal by boycotting companies and manufacturers who use and therefore support child labour. We can write to those companies, demanding that they change their practices. Did you know that...