What are facts about child labor?
Listed are some quick facts about child
• Globally, 218 million children are child labourers.
• 126 million of these children are engaged in hazardous
• 73 million working children are less than 10 years old.
• Every year, 22,000 children die in work-related accidents.
• The largest number of working children-122 million-are in the
• The highest proportion of working children is in sub-Saharan
Africa, where nearly one third of the children aged 14 and under
(48 million children) are in the labour force.
• 8.4 million children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt
bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit
• The number of children involved in armed conflicts has
increased to about 300,000 over the past decade.
• Between 40 and 50 per cent of all forced labourers are
• 1.2 million of these children have been trafficked (bought
• Nearly 70% are in agriculture (rural children, especially
girls, usually start working in this industry when they are very
young, often between 5 and 7 years of age).
• 22% are in services, including wholesale and retail trade,
restaurants and hotels, transport, personal services, etc.
• 9% are in industry, including mining and quarrying,
manufacturing and construction.
- In developed countries, more then 16% of the children suffer
through child labour in their whole life.