What is Child Labour?What is Child Labour?
Child labour refers to the employment of
children in any work that deprives
children of their childhood, interferes
with their ability to attend regular
school, and that is mentally, physically,
socially or morally dangerous and
During Industrial RevolutionDuring Industrial Revolution
During the Industrial Revolution, children as young as four were
employed in production factories with dangerous, and often fatal,
working conditions. Based on this understanding of the use of
children as laborers, it is now considered by wealthy countries to be
a human rights violation, and is outlawed, while some poorer
countries may allow child labour.
Causes of Child LabourCauses of Child Labour
International Labour Organisation suggests poverty is the greatest
single cause behind child labour.
Also, certain cultural beliefs have rationalised child labour and
thereby encouraged it.
Some suggest that the causes for child labour include both the
demand and the supply side.
Eliminating ChildEliminating Child
Concerns have often been raised over the buying public's moral complicity in
purchasing products assembled or otherwise manufactured in developing
countries with child labour. However, others have raised concerns that
boycotting products manufactured through child labour may force these
children to turn to more dangerous or strenuous professions, such as
agriculture. We should suggest not to follow child labour and eliminate it.
Children going to a 12-hour night shift in the
Children working in home-based assembly
operations in United States
A boy repairing a
tire in Gambia.
working on a
Child labour in Brazil, leaving after collecting
recyclables from a landfill
Agriculture deploys 70% of the world's child
labour.Above, child worker on a rice farm in
Child Labour in a quarry, Ecuador Child labour in Bangladesh