In the beginning I didn’t know much about child slavery other than it occurred in some parts of Africa, and children were enslaved at very early ages. However, that information does not even scratch the surface of child slavery.
In definition Child Slavery generally refers to involuntary servitude, specifically slavery performed by minors, but across the world millions of children do extremely hazardous work in harmful conditions, putting their health, education, personal, and social development in danger, even their own lives.
It took the loss of an 11-year-old farm worker's leg for farmers in South Africa's Western Cape Province to belatedly heed legislation outlawing child workers, Child Labour was outlawed in 1996, two years after the demise of Apartheid. After Waronice van Wyk severed her leg and subsequent legal action forced a farmer in the Ceres district to pay R25,000 (US$2,500) in compensation, sending a message to other farmers that employing workers younger than 16 carried a heavy price.
While researching about Child Slavery, what shocked me the most was that people used children in very early ages to do tremendously hazardous work, putting the young children in very unhealthy situations and there lives at risk.