Child labour

Neelz Singh,Lami | Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour, a holiday created by the United Nations with the goal of raising awareness to help end child labour internationally. Today, it is estimated that 168 million children remain trapped in child labour, many of them work full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play.

Here are some heartbreaking facts in order to help spread awareness and hopefully inspire action:

Many do not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children.

More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. Make no mistake; these children aren't doing the kinds of jobs you might picture a child doing such as manning a lemonade stand.

In fact, more than half of child labourers are participating in work that is actively or potentially hazardous to their health.

That often means mining and other jobs that involve the use of heavy machinery or exposure to chemicals or long hours in the sunlight.

It is time to take action. If those stats weren't sad enough, it's also important to understand how impossible it is for children to break the cycle — even as adults.

Most child labourers go on to have tragically low wage jobs for the rest of their lives.

Often, they miss out on going to school (we're talking primary school, not college), thereby closing the door to future opportunities to change their career trajectory.

Do your part to share news about this ongoing problem on World Day Against Child Labour by sharing this article with your friends.

While you're at it, why not sign a petition regarding child labour to help spare other children from this fate?

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