Publisher: Centrum Press
Publication Date: June 30, 2016
Binding: Kobo eBook
Child labor is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school. Around the world, growing gaps between rich and poor in recent decades have forced millions of young children out of school and into work. The International Labor Organization estimates that 215 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 currently work under conditions that are considered illegal, hazardous, or extremely exploitative. Underage children work at all sorts of jobs around the world, usually because they and their families are extremely poor. Large numbers of children work in commercial agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, mining, and domestic service. Some children work in illicit activities like the drug trade and prostitution or other traumatic activities such as serving as soldiers. This book is a response to the need for comprehensive and practical information on planning and carrying out action against child labour. This book urges readers to consider these issues from the perspectives of specialists, victims, government workers, and NGO activists. Readers will learn the historical roots of the problem and the latest developments in the field.