How Big a Problem Is the Use of Child Labour Today?

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Worldwide there are 250 million children who are child labourers. Child labour means work that is done by children under the age of 14-15, which causes damage to a child’s physical, emotional and social growth. Today child labour is a worldwide issue. The majority of child labourers come from the poorer sections of society. Conditions are hard for the working children. In East Africa, over 320,000 children are at risk of starving to death. What is government doing about this? The required age for a minor to work in the fields as a migrant is about 12-13 years of age. Meanwhile, the average age to work in a McDonald's is 16. Considering the working environment and the risks involved, do you believe this is fair or exploitation? However charities give funds and donations to save the children’s lives, child labour still exists globally. Reasons that force children to work are; Parents can’t find jobs; they are scarce which forces their children to work at a young age. Children are easier to employ than adults, just because they can be paid less. Greedy employers illegally employ children because they are easy to exploit. They cost less and don’t complain as much even though if they are put in harsh environments because they are forced to work as their lives depend on it. Poor families who are dysfunctional do not get attention from the government. The government does not provide education, health care or ways for them to earn money to get out of poverty. Some families just believe that child labour is not harmful and they encourage children to work which they soon regret. From research I have discovered that; 8.4 million children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities. The number of children involved in armed conflicts has increased to about 300,000 over the past decade. Between 40 and 50 per

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