Child Labour

The use of children to do work that should be done by adults:

The problem of child labour is still front and center in the globalized economy.

They called for a boycott of the garments that had been produced by child labor.

Cambridge Dictionary

​The employment of children in an industry or business, especially when it is illegal

Although child labour is illegal in this country, the laws are not enforced.

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Child labour refers to any work done by children that deprives them of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend school, and harms their physical and mental development. Some of the key points about child labour are:

  1. Child labour is a violation of children’s rights: Child labour deprives children of their right to education, health, and a safe childhood. It violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  2. Poverty is a major cause of child labour: Many families living in poverty send their children to work in order to supplement their income. This often leads to children dropping out of school and working long hours in hazardous conditions.

  3. Child labour is a global issue: Child labour exists in many countries around the world, including developing and developed countries.

  4. Hazardous and exploitative forms of child labour: Children are often forced to work in dangerous conditions, such as mines, factories, and fields. They may also be subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

  5. Education is key to ending child labour: Education is one of the most effective ways to end child labour. By ensuring that children have access to quality education, they are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to have better opportunities in the future.

  6. Businesses have a responsibility to address child labour: Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their supply chains are free from child labour. They can do this by conducting regular audits of their suppliers and implementing policies to prevent child labour.

  7. Government action is crucial: Governments have a responsibility to protect children from child labour by enforcing laws and policies that prohibit child labour and providing support to families living in poverty.

Overall, child labour is a complex issue that requires the cooperation of governments, businesses, and civil society to address effectively.

1 The Industrial Revolution: A Boon to Industry, A Bane to Childhood


4 feb. 2012

The Revolution, Reaction, and Reform of Child Labor NHD 2011 – 2012
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2 Cotton Mill Girl: Behind Lewis Hine’s Photograph & Child Labor Series | 100 Photos | TIME

6 jan. 2017

Lewis Hine’s photograph of a girl at work in a cotton mill, part of his monumental series on child labor, forced Americans to reckon with their economic exploitation of youth.

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30 nov. 2008

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4 Ending Child Labour by 2016: the Continuing Challenge

12 jun. 2012

There has been progress in the effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour worldwide. As a result of international commitments and the ILO convention to eradicate the worst forms of child labour, tens of millions of children around the world are out of work and in school. But as the world gets closer to the deadline in 2016 for the eradication of child labour around the world, the pace of progress is slowing.

5 “Enlightenment” A short movie on child labour.

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14 mei 2015

A film contested for “short film contest on child rights” at National level conducted by an organisation named AAINA collaborating with UNICEF. Written and Directed by Nandeesh Y D.

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6 Boy describes struggle of mining cobalt in Democratic Republic of Congo

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6 mrt. 2018

A CBS News investigation found that child labor is being used in the mining of cobalt in Africa. Many top electronic and electric vehicle companies need cobalt to help power their products. Debora Patta follows one young boy home from a mine to understand the challenges he faces as his family’s main provider.

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7 16×9 – Child Labour: The Dark Side of Chocolate

13 aug. 2012

Chocolate sure does taste good. But a 16×9 investigation in Ghana uncovers a nasty truth – many cocoa beans in that country are harvested by children. Many of those kids aren’t given a choice; some are even slaves. All workers, no matter the age, live in poverty. Still taste good? Catherine Pope reports.

8 – 11-year-old cobalt miner in Congo escapes child labor

5 apr. 2018

One month ago, a CBS News investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo found child labor being used to mine cobalt, a mineral essential to batteries in our electronics. We brought you the story of, Ziki Swaze, one young miner whose only dream was to go to school. Debora Patta reports on a life-changing update to Ziki’s story.

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9 Blood, Sweat, and Batteries: Inside Congo’s Cobalt Mines I Fortune

24 aug. 2018

Africa’s copperbelt contains two-thirds of the entire world’s cobalt, a mineral required for the production of cell phones, laptops, and most importantly, electric automobiles. Produced with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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10 Hazardous Child Labour in Agriculture

21 nov. 2007

Across the world 218 million children, as young as five and six, are engaged in child labour. Seventy per cent, over 150 million work in agriculture. 
While the good news is that child labour has declined by eleven per cent in the last four years, much more needs to be done in agriculture. The ILO and its social partners from member governments, and employers and workers organizations have committed themselves to eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016, including hazardous child labour in agriculture.

11 Celebrating World Day Against Child Labor | UNICEF

15 jun. 2009

World Day Against Child Labour, celebrated on 12 June, this year highlights the continuing challenges to eliminating the worst forms of child labour, with a focus on exploitation of girls. Here is a related story.

KIPUSHI, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 June 2009 Covered in powder, Sylvian, 2, sits alongside his mother, pounding rocks with a mallet in an ore heap in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rocks, dust and sun: This is the only life Sylvian has known.

According to Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to be protected from economic exploitation. Through the efforts of Group One, a UNICEF-supported Belgian non-governmental organization, this is starting to happen in DR Congo.

Group One and UNICEF are working to remove children from the hazardous working conditions in the quarry and get them back to school.

“One of the things we need to do is try to take these children out of this economy,” says Pierrette Vu Thi. “It means working on building social protection systems and helping these children’s families by giving them the means to send the children to school.”

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Should We Rethink the Ban on Child Labour?
The Inquiry

Most countries in the world have signed up to the idea that no child should work at all under a certain age – but is this the best approach? This week Nicolle, a 17 year old from Peru, has been part of a delegation of child labourers visiting the UN to ask them to rethink their ban on child labour. She’s been working since she was 8 years old, and says not only did her family need the money she earned, but working brought her status and respect. Some charities and experts working with child labourers agree that there are safe forms of child work. They say non-hazardous work can allow children to help their families, gain life skills, and even pay for the school uniforms and equipment they need to stay in education. But the UN and other former child labourers disagree, saying an outright ban is the only way to protect children from exploitation. We ask whether it’s time to rethink the ban on child labour.

Contributors include:

Benjamin Smith – Senior Officer for Child Labour, International Labour Organization
Jo Boyden – Professor of International Development, Oxford University
Zulema Lopez – former child labourer
Kavita Ratna – Director of Advocacy and Fundraising, Concerned for Working Children

Presenter: Helena Merriman
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton

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13 – The Young Indian Labourers Losing Their Childhood

23 mei 2016

Child Labour (1998): 153 million child labourers live in Asia – this is the story of those employed in making matches and fireworks.
They work in the carpet industry, in agriculture, in households and factories: 250 million children between the age of 5-14 work according to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. In southern India the match and fireworks industries are based at home. It’s becoming more difficult to film. The owners forbid entry or quickly send the children away when a film team arrives. It is illegal to employ children under the age of 15 but despite this hundreds of thousands are working. The law is not worth the paper it’s written on.

14 Child Labour Awareness Video

21 mei 2013

A section of the three part video that aims to raise awareness about exploitation of women and children. This section is entitled Child Labour.

13 Many Families Depend on Forced Child Labor

11 jun. 2011

June 12 marks the World Day Against Child Labor sponsored by the International Labor Organization. The annual occasion is meant to draw policy attention to the more than 200 million children around the world who work full time, many in sweatshop conditions. But not all child labor situations are black and white cases of exploitation. VOA’s Kurt Achin has a look at some underage textile workers in India, whose work often is crucial to their families’ economic survival.

14 Child labor Around The World Is More Complicated Than You Think

12 jun. 2015

Child labor around the world is nothing new. AJ+ meets three children who have their own reasons for being young and on the job. How would you solve child labor without hurting the economic situation of families?

15 Peru: Child Labour in Gold Mines

9 feb. 2010

(June 2005) In Peru, up to 50 000 children work as gold miners in small-scale mines, braving dangerous conditions and constantly at risk from accidents. In Santa Filomena, the International Labour Organization is working together with a local group to put an end to child labour.

16 Children’s Lives at Risk in Tanzania’s Gold Mines

28 aug. 2013

(Dar Es Salaam, August 28, 2013) — Children as young as eight-years-old are working in Tanzanian small-scale gold mines, with grave risks to their health and even their lives. The Tanzanian government should curb child labor in small-scale mining, including at informal, unlicensed mines, and the World Bank and donor countries should support these efforts.…

17 Does Child Labor Help Children in Poverty? – Learn Liberty

7 mei 2016

Does child labor help the children in poverty who work because they need that extra income to support their families? What are the alternatives? Could the power of free markets eventually raise their living standards? Economics Professor Benjamin Powell offers up a surprising analysis.

18 Children of the mines

26 feb. 2013

UNICEF correspondent Michelle Marrion reports on how UNICEF is supporting efforts to find child labourers a way out of the diamond mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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19 World Day Against Child Labour: Plight of child domestic workers

12 jun. 2013

World Day Against Child Labour is observed 12 June. This year, the focus is on the plight of child domestic workers, who are among the most exploited and abused.
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20 Breaking the cycle of child labour in DR Congo

13 jun. 2012

UNICEF correspondent Suzanne Beukes reports on efforts to break the cycle of child labor in the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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21 CBS News finds children mining cobalt in Democratic Republic of Congo

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6 mrt. 2018

A CBS News investigation found that children are mining cobalt, an expensive metal used in batteries that power smartphones and electric cars. Foreign affairs columnist Bobby Ghosh speaks to CBSN about what companies like Apple and Tesla are trying to do to clean up their supply chains.

22 Special report: Revisiting the cobalt-mining boys

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10 mei 2017

Sky News has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to try to find two young boys we met previously, who were working in one of the country’s many cobalt mines. A charity has offered to educate and care for them.

More than half the world’s supply of cobalt is in the DRC. It’s used extensively in smartphones.

Multinational corporations have promised to improve conditions for child miners – but as Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford found out – there’s little evidence of that in the former Katanga Province.

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23 Special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children


27 feb. 2017

It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost.

A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford reports.

24 Cobalt mining for phones: How you could be holding a product of child labour

28 feb. 2017

The Chinese mining company Hauyou has refused to apologise after Sky News found that it was sourcing cobalt mined by children as young as four. We’ve also discovered that Apple has told Huayou to suspend all sourcing from mines until they can be checked to be free of child labour. Here’s our Technology correspondent Tom Cheshire.

25 This eight-year-old mines cobalt to make your phone work | Hotspots

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1 aug. 2018

In the Democratic Republic of Congo children toil in the drenching rain for long hours carrying huge sacks of cobalt for use in our mobile phones.
Dorsen, eight, had no shoes and told us he hadn’t made enough money to eat for the past two days – despite working for about 12 hours a day.
His friend Richard, 11, talked about how his whole body ached every day from the tough physical work.
Alex Crawford’s reporting gave these two a new life.

26 Dangerous Cobalt Mines in Congo Pose Challenges for Big Tech

14 sep. 2018

Tech companies are trying to clean up the way they source cobalt, a key ingredient in batteries for smartphones, laptops and electric cars. The mineral is often dug by hand under hazardous conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Alexandra Wexler/The Wall Street Journal

27 Child Labour in Bolivia Means Working in One of the World’s Most Dangerous Mines | UNICEF

10 jun. 2011

Young Bolivian children working in one of the most dangerous mines in the world.

28 The Dark Secret Behind Your Favorite Makeup Products | Shady | Refinery29

4 mei 2019

On this episode of Shady, our host, Lexy Lebsack explores the unethically sourced ingredient that’s in almost all makeup products. She travels to the mica mines in India to uncover the truth about child labor rings behind this mineral. Watch Shady to see what really goes into making your makeup!

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29 Children Labor For Pennies Mining Mica In Madagascar | TODAY

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18 nov. 2019


Mica is found in every car, plane and cell phone. But a year-long NBC News investigation reveals the shocking human cost of mining the mineral. Senior investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden takes TODAY to the mica mines of Madagascar.

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30 Ugly face of beauty?

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Copyright RT & Novosti Mica mining in India, the subjects of this film would not starve if they did not mine mica, they could revert to subsistence farming? But that would damage the “black money” economy?


18 sep. 2016

Mica is a shiny mineral that’s all the rage in modern-day makeup, helping to give beauty products a bright gleam and natural-looking glow. This beauty, however, comes at a price that most are unaware of. Those who pay it are the poorest and most vulnerable. RT Doc visits India’s illegal mica mines where child labor is rife.

31 The Fight Against Child Labour

23 sep. 2018

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are nearly 152 million child labourers worldwide in 2018. Although the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other humanitarian actors provide aid in areas where displaced and local children are forced to work, many children still face the burden of having to earn wages to support their families. To remedy the situation in the case of Madagascar, ILO set up a programme that helps child workers change their status and gain access to training. (Video courtesy of UNHCR and ILO)
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32 Child Labour Around the World

10 sep. 2010

Everyday, 126 million children go to work in grueling and dangerous conditions. 
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Children as young as 3 years old work in factories, mines, and even brothels, often paid only with a meal. These children can’t attend school, and with no hope of a career they are limited to a life of manual labour. A direct result of extreme poverty, when parents can’t afford to feed their children, or send them to school, the children must work to stay alive.

33 ABCs of Child Labor…15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use?

16 nov. 2016

Engaging kids tell us about the the wide range of products that 168 million children trapped in child labor produce. If you like it, please remember to click the “like” button or comment. It helps us reach more people. Please note that since this video was produced in 2016, the global estimate of child labor has been reduced to 152 million.

34 Child Labour: A Day in the Life


15 apr. 2010

Vulnerable children are open to exploitation that knows no borders. The huge wage gap between Eastern and Western Europe has led to increased migration and a rise in trafficking.

However change is on its way. This reality may be bleak but improvements have been made. With enough time, effort, and the will to succeed these children can look forward to a brighter future.

Produced in 2006 by the International Labour Organization.

35 Bolivia’s Child Laborers

31 dec. 2013

In 1936, George Orwell visited a coal mine in Grimethorpe, England. “The place is like… my own mental picture of hell,” he wrote of the experience. “Most of the things one imagines in hell are there—heat, noise, confusion, darkness, foul air, and, above all, unbearably cramped space.” Orwell was a lanky guy, 6’3″ or 6’2″, and I am too, so I was reminded of his comparison recently while crawling through a tunnel as dank and dark as a medieval sewer, nearly a mile underground in one of the oldest active mines in Latin America, the Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia. The chutes were so narrow that I couldn’t have turned around—or turned back—even if I’d wanted to.
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36 Bolivia’s Child Labor: Exploitation or Tradition? | The New York Times

Bolivian legislation allowing children as young as 10 to work has created a rift between those who support it as Andean tradition and others who condemn it as exploitation.


Undermined. Bolivia’s child workers: Breadwinners or exploited kids

16 jan. 2018

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While most countries have been trying to eradicate child labour, Bolivia ended up becoming the first nation in the world to legalise it. In 2013, the country’s government announced its intention to set the minimum working age at 14, protect the rights and safety of working children, and phase out child labour completely by 2019. However, during the parliamentary debate, child workers took to the streets of La Paz and clashed with police to protect their ability to support their families. In the end, the new labour code passed in 2014 made it legal for kids as young as 10 to work. Bolivia’s children’s unions are pushing for the legal working age to be decreased even further. RTD went to Bolivia to see how this law is being enforced and if the child workers are happy with the rights they’ve struggled for.

37 These photos ended child labor in the US

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28 jun. 2019

Child labor was widely practiced until a photographer showed the public what it looked like.
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The 1900 US Federal Census revealed that 1.75 million children under the age of 16, more than one in five, were gainfully employed. They worked all over the country in cotton mills, glass blowing factories, sardine canneries, farms, and even coal mines. In an effort to expose this exploitation of children, the National Child Labor Committee hired a photographer to travel around the country and investigate and report on the labor conditions of children.

Lewis Wickes Hine photographed and interviewed kids, some as young as 4 years old, and published his findings in various Progressive magazines and newspapers. Once the public saw the plight of these children, state legislatures were pressured to pass bills regulating labor for workers under the age of 18, effectively bringing an end to child labor in the United States.

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38 Dirty Work: Rescuing Child Labourers in India

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3 mei 2016

Millions of kids in India are forced to do dangerous, illegal work for unscrupulous employers. Nahlah Ayed joins a group of activists on a child labour raid.
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39 A Life of Labour – Kidasha Nepal

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14 jan. 2017

Kidasha is a UK registered development organisation that works to reduce the causes and impact of entrenched poverty and social exclusion, stopping exploitation and violence against children in Nepal. To find out more visit
At minute 4: “I miss my mum and dad so much”


40 Child Labour in Nepal Documentary

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18 mei 2014

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41 Child Labour In Nepal

9 feb. 2017

This is short documentary about child labour in Nepal. Photo Source: Google

42 The White Lie – A Child Labour Documentary

25 mrt. 2017

A documentary that highlights the new amendment made to the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act of 1986 and explores the terrible condition of children working in the BT Cotton fields of Gujarat.

43 Uncovering Eight-Year-Old Children Working in Factories

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In Nepal, over a million young children are working, many in brick factories. 11-year-old Arvind has been working for the past three years making around $1.75 a day.

The law strictly prohibits the employment of children under the age of 14, and is a crime punishable by a year of imprisonment and a fine. Yet around 10 percent of the workers in brick factories are underaged.

VICE World News Sahar Zand speaks with child labourers, their parents, and a factory owner to find out why these children are working.

44 ILO: Eliminate child labour | Inside Story

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13 jun 2013

ILO: Eliminate child labour: A new report to mark World Day Against Child Labour by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) paints a grim picture of children working in the shadows and calls for ‘concerted and joint action at national and international levels to eliminate child in domestic labour.’

45 Graffiti On Police Cruiser Prank

8 mei 2011

Pedestrians are framed into looking like they just tagged a police cruiser. How ghetto!
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