ILO report finds more than 10 million child domestic workers worldwide

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More than 15.5 million children under the age of 18 are involved in domestic work.

Of those, 10.5 million are estimated to be in child labour, which means that they are either under the legal age or that they are working in hazardous, and in some cases even slavery-like conditions.

Six-and-a-half million of those child labourers are aged between five and 14, according to an ILO (International Labour Organization) report launched to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.

Constance Thomas, who heads the ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, says their situation is a serious violation of child rights.

"We know that they are vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abuse. They are isolated from their own families, they are hidden from the public eye by the nature of where they're working and they can become in a state of high dependence on the family or the people in whose household they're working."

The report calls for concerted action at national and international levels to eliminate child labour in domestic work.

Patrick Moser at the ILO in Geneva.

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