Child Labour

1.4 Million Child Labourers In India Can't Even Write Their Name

Desperation for profit can manifest itself in many ways. It can bring the best out of enterprises but it can also lead to them plumbing some real lows for lucre -- such as exploiting children and risking their wellbeing and future for cheap labour. The menace of child labour is rampant in global supply chains, and that's what was chosen as the theme for the World Day Against Child Labour, observed on 12 June.
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The Children Of The Chilli Fields

"Do any of you go to work?" we ask the children. The question makes the smiles vanish from their faces in an instant. Murmurs of "no" and immediate head-shaking goes around the dingy classroom in Kondamudusupallam Ambedkar Nagar village, in rural Andhra Pradesh. There's a quick exchange of glances among the boys and girls, and, as if on cue, they all hang their heads in silence. But 13-year-old Meghna looks at us, and giggles.

180 Children Go Missing In India Every Day. Most May Never Be Found

The statistics are sombre, heart-breaking. Two out of three missing children in India remain untraced in a period of three years, the wait for them an excruciating see-saw between agony and hope for those who love them. On the occasion of International Missing Children's Day on 25 May, Child Rights And You (CRY) compiled these sobering statistics in a report that also noted that the number of untraced children has witnessed a sharp increase in the country.
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Brazil Refuses To Weaken Slavery Law, Sets An Example For Other Nations

The prevalent law in Brazil includes strenuous work and unacceptable, exhausting or degrading working conditions as a form of modern-day slavery. However, in the past few years, there have been strong appeals to introduce Federal Senate Bill No. 432. If passed, it would have demolished the strength of the labour force and diluted the slavery law. I was extremely fortunate to have arrived in Brazil just when it was undergoing discussion. My address to the Human Rights Senate Caucus (HRSC) turned out to be tremendously rewarding.

‘I Can Be A Child Again': Fardeen's Story (#NotMadebyChildren)

Fardeen is diminutive, looking younger than his 14 years. He stares a lot at his hands which are scarred from the work he did as a child labourer. He was brought at the age of 11 to Delhi by a hotel owner, with promises of a good salary and a better life in the city. However, the reality was different. Fardeen was sold for Rs 6000 to sew at a denim factory.
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How We Can Help Girls And Boys Who Combine School And Work

Based on their research in Andhra Pradesh, Young Lives, a longitudinal study on childhood poverty, has some interesting insights to offer in terms of children and work. While 98% percent of the children were enrolled in schools at age eight, this decreased to 90% at age 12, 77% by age 15 and 49% by the time the children turned 19. A critical finding from the research is that the majority of children (58%) continuing their education at the age of 15 were in reality combining school with paid and unpaid work.