Today, throughout the world, there are APROX 215 million children workers, many of them, full-time. They DO NOT go to school and have little or no time to play.
Some are as young as five MOST are under fifteen. Child labour is widespread throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Asia has the largest number of working children, accounting for 60 per cent of the world's total.
Many of them do not receive proper nutrition or care. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments (operating dangerous machinery + tools, working in dangerous mines breathing TOXIC fumes, working on plantations + Farms) slavery, export-oriented industries, including garments and footwear, or other forms of forced labour, + illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.
These kids are being DENIED the chance to be children. Their childhoods are non-existent. Not all work done by children should be classified as child labour
CHILD LABOUR refers to work that:is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work. Why does child labour exist in the world? Lack of decent jobs for adults. Large families require a variety of incomes to feed their members.It is cheaper to pay small children because they are less likely to complain than adults. Poor families can't afford to send their children to school. Many families around the world are unfamiliar with the rights of their children and deem it acceptable to send children to work. Migrant children don't live in one place long enough to attend school; instead they work in the fields with their parents. About half of the world's soccer balls are made...