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Child Labor and Globalization
Transcript of Child Labor and Globalization
In many developing countries, poverty and unemployment levels are high. This means that in order to support the family, everyone capable of working must do so. (Child Labor Public Education Project)
For some families, it is considered the tradition to work at a young age, and the most productive use of their time. (United Nations)
Child labor can even be taken advantage of in countries with laws against it because how difficult it is to monitor the production process by those who would enforce the law. (Child Labor Public Education Project)
Globalization's Role in Child Labor
As a developing country's exports gain value and are imported more frequently by other countries for a higher price, the amount of child labor in that developing country will go down as the salary increases. (Edmonds 4)
Globalization has helped fuel a disparity in wealth across the world, causing enormous increases in global poverty levels. This means that it is possible to say that globalization leads to child labor, because it a nearly unanimous view that poverty is a main cause of child labor. (Neumayer and Soysa 4)
Impact of Child Labor on Families and Communities
A person who grows up surrounded by child labor will put their children into the same environment and it will likely continue after them. (United Nations)
Child labor used to be seen as a way to give children a view into their future role in society and solidify their roles in the community. (Patel 1)
Where Does Child Labor Take Place?
Child labor occurs all over the world, especially in developing countries. The ten countries where child labor is most prevalent include:
1. Myanmar (Burma)
2. North Korea
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Child Labor and Globalization
by Sam B
What Industries Use Child Labor?
Child labor can be found in dozens of industries:
Agriculture (chocolate and cotton)
Production of goods (soccer balls, rugs, rubber, clothing, electronics)
Services (construction, mining, human trafficking, domestic workers)
Companies known to use child labor:
(Child Labor Coalition)
How Much Do Child Laborers Earn, and How Long Do They Work?
Child laborers typically work for 12 or more hours per day, for no more than $0.20 each day.
What Groups are Trying to End Child Labor?
International Labor Organization
International Initiative to End Child Labor
Save the children
Child Labor Coalition
Child Rights Information Network
Free the Children
The World Bank
Child Workers in Asia
(United Nations Human Rights)
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