Child Labour

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Introduction:
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there were about 218 million child labourers around the world in 2004. The child means the person whose age is not over 18. A host of people consider that child employment is definitely wrong. On the other hand, others regard that children can receive significant experience from their paid jobs therefore it can play a key role in both learning and taking responsibility. This essay will examine the situation of child labour worldwide to discuss which age group’s children can get a paid job; what kind of work they can do; what are the positive and negative effects to the society and what kind measures can government introduce to protect child labourers. My opinion will be shown at the end.

Finding
Around 158 million children aged between 5 and 14 are working as child labourers. More specifically, an estimated one third of 69 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa are working as child labourers. Moreover, about 44 million child labourers are in South Asia. Most of them are engaged in risky conditions or situations, including working with hazardous machinery, working in mines. Children living in lowest-income families and rural areas are most able to be involved in child labour. (UNICEF, 2008)
More than 200 million children are engaged in child labour in the world, the work for them jeopardises their intellectual, physical and emotional development. Children work for their lives and their families depend on them. About 75% of child labourers have worst kind of jobs such as trafficking, dangerous work and slavery. (International Labour Organization, no date)
Millions of children who have paid work such as babysitting, cleaning house or attending garden at daytime and night outside of their households are defined as domestic child labourers, the number is variable. Chedita, a girl from Manila,…...

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