Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says

Posted on June 12, 2013


Here are a few pointers on child labour from UNICEF as the world celebrates World Day Against Child Labour:

-UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14, or nearly 1 in 6 children in this age group, are involved in child labour. According to the latest estimates from the International Labour Organization, 7.4 million children in the same age group are engaged in domestic work, which is disproportionately carried out by girls. 

-Domestic workers are among the most exploited and abused workers for a number of reasons, including discrimination, exclusion from labour laws, isolation, and its hidden nature. Children are at even greater risk, due to their young ages, lack of awareness of their rights, separation from their family, and dependence on their employer. While not all child domestic workers suffer abuse or exploitation, children working as domestics are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, forced labour, and the worst forms of child labour, making child domestic work one of the most widespread and potentially exploitative forms of child work in the world today.


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