Child labour is normal course of life in many countries

Underage people working are still normal in a lot of countries. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) guesses that almost every seventh child between his fifth and fourteenth year of life has to work. That is worldwide about 158 million.

Most of the children helps their parents in the agriculture sector, work as street vendors, domestic or help in small not safe repairer.

Many of them have to work in conditions that are very dangerous. Some of them grow in foreigner families as slaves and many also in a foreign country. Normally most of them never get a chance to go to school like the normal children in Germany have to do. This is the biggest problem because the children need the education to have opportunities later in their life and to dis enthral from poorness.

The most causes why children have to work are that their parents earn not enough money to support the family. More than one milliard people live in poorness and because of the economic needs they don´t have another choice. The children have to work to save the existence of the family. For many companies it is a good deal to let children work because they are cheaper and they can rip them off better than adults. Normally they don’t have any contract of labour so it is easier appoint or to dismiss someone. The children also protest less than the adults when they get jobs to do. Finally they cost less so that the gain of the employer rises.


12 thoughts on “Child labour is normal course of life in many countries

  1. Illegal child labor is a pressing concern across the world. And horrifying is the fact that children are also involved in prostitution, and even warfare. Even in developed countries like the U.S. illegal child labor is about 800 thousand. Biggest illegal child labor market is in the South Asian region, the country with the largest illegal child labor in India (17 million according to official data), where children are mainly employed in agriculture and households. However, this problem should be solved from the point of causes. As children work because of economic conditions, it would be wrong to ban them to work and at the same time to let to die of hunger.

  2. But is there a solution for child labor? Education would be the best for these children. But the problem is many of them can not afford it or there is not enough schools. For example that is the case in India. Moreover, many local children are not even accepted to studies because they did not pass exams. Some of them are rejected because they do not have necessary paperwork(f.e. birth certificate and so on) But every child should have a possibility to study no matter where it comes from.

    • To educate children in third-world countries would probably help to solve to problem of child labour. At least it would definitely get the ball rolling in order to ban child labour in this world. But unfortunately some countries kind of forbid better education. For example, this is the case in Thailand. The kingdom try to keep education as low as possible so that people don’t get to smart and rebellious. So, what can we do about that? I think in such cases it is pretty hard to find a solution against child labour. But however, we shouldn’t stop trying to ban child labour!

  3. I want to also add that children are our future. Without a proper nutrition and adequate education our future will be lost. Although this underage labor is something hard to control, governments across the world should do their best and try to get these kids out of the working environment and into schools as much as possible. More government funded schools should be formed to help prevent this epidemic from occurring even more rapidly in our world. With India having the highest number of child laborers, we should focus more within this area. Without changing the mindset of these countries, not much can be done.

    Without a future, we are nothing.

  4. Of course forced child labour is very rejectable and all, but forced child labour is a stage that a certain economy / country must pass. If you look at highly developed economies of today they all had child labour, once the economy started to improve more voices in society started to reject this idea of forced labour. So, after an economy keeps improving child labour will disappear. Economic reform and improvement leads to political reform and improvement.

  5. I can understand, that young children have to work, because there is no money. For companies, it is very easy to give them work, but ofcourse it is illegal. I think, companies have to do something. An important possibility is that companies give them basic education. They can have a sort of internship for the experience of the children. So, the children has an opportunity for a better life in the future and the companies can make profit, through the internships.

  6. The issue of child labour is a very serious issue in poor countries such as Africa. However, there are people who do not consider it to be serious and prefer to sweep it under their carpet in order to look into more ‘serious’ issues. There are still others who prefer to wear a blindfold and believe that child labour issues are far more serious in other nations, whereas it is as good as non-existent in their own nation.

    However, ILO statistics provide a more serious picture when looking at Africa (which is particularly bad for child slavery). It states that over 40% of the children in Africa are working. They are mainly working as slaves in private households, apart from other industries. And because they are working in households, African experts would like to believe it is not really a serious issue. This is a very grim picture, yet it still exists today.

  7. For me this is a little bit sad to see that still in some countries, Children have to work. It’s like a duty because they have to support their families. I think this situation is kind of a vicious circle cause these children live in poor countries where there is no money, no work, no school which means no economic opportunities. The only thing they can do is work early in dangerous conditions.

    Its a bad image of the world, normally this should be over. Maybe the solution is to call in Western countries’ governments and create something between rich and poor countries. I think its time to change this because there are always been talk of projects … that are not really working.
    Moreover, I agree with you when you said that without education, these children won’t be able to evolve professionally. Without, education they can’t hope to find a job neither in their countries nor in developed countries.

    Following this path, I trully believe that it will be very difficult for poor countries to solve their problems by their own, they need an international help to follow the way toward evolution and growth.

  8. It saddens me that children are subject to this sort of behaviour. I understand that poor families need to get as much money as they can to support themselves, but these children are not only losing out on their childhood but losing out on their future. If they don’t go to school then they don’t get a proper education meaning that they won’t be able to get good enough jobs to better themselves and the cycle will continue with their own children. Large corporations are taking advantage of this fact by employing them for little to nothing wages.

    Even though i strongly disagree with child labour, if we were to stop it then they would be even worse off. Its really a catch 22 situation.

  9. 158 million! This is a huge number of child workers. Education is so important especially when you want to break out of this cycle. These countries really need to reform their labour markets! It’s unbelievable that people who work are not getting enough money to support their families. But how can you get out of this rotation? Later when those children get kids as well the story repeats over again. Since the child workers of today will have the same problems in the future like their parents have now. They will not be able to support their families. But the thing what frustrates me the most is that there are humans around the world who make such conditions possible. If there wouldn’t be any companies who hire children for work we wouldn’t have to deal with this problem. Some people just think about their profit which I can’t understand.

  10. This article is simply heart-breaking. In an ideal world, a person would be able to live out its first 16 years in peace, free from the concerns of providing for their loved ones, covering medical expenses and, perhaps most importantly, whether they can afford to educate themselves. To be honest, these factors should not be of concern to any human being, especially considering our stage of technological development. There is simply no need for this to occur.

    So how can we fix this problem? I think the first step to a better future would be the increase in social welfare availability. If a family did not need to worry about whether they will be able to eat dinner that night or have a roof over their head, then they would not send their child to work. The basic human needs should be taken care of; our governments owe us that, at least. An increase in the social safety net would pay for itself through the social and economic benefits that would be reaped from this.

  11. I think that it’s okay when the child support parents in poor countries. But just for example 3 hours a day. Work full-time and without educational opportunities is terrible. It is very difficult situation, because in less developed countries is difficult to control families and employers.


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