Millions of children trapped in hazardous work

child labour

child labour

Over 115 million children worldwide are engaged in hazardous work according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In a report to mark World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO says that every minute of every day, a child somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or psychological trauma. Over 60 per cent of children in hazardous work are boys employed mainly in agricultural related activities. The ILO adds that the global economic crisis could stall progress toward the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. Constance Thomas is from the ILO. 

"We are dealing with a complete range from exploitation, physical psychological, sexual in some areas to carrying very heavy loads to being exposed to chemicals to substances that are poisonous that are harmful to working long hours. Children have thinner skin so toxins are more easily absorbed. Children absorb and retain heavy metals such as lead and mercury in the brain more easily. Young children require that brain stimulation that social stimulation and if they are in isolated and in mind numbing repetitive types of work it stunts development."  

Duration 48"

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