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Child Labor

What are facts about child labor?

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2016-04-25 17:17:11

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

Asia-Pacific region.

• 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

and/or sold).

• 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.

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