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Child Labor

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CHILD LABOR
Works Cited
"Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 7 Mar. 1997. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.2facts.com/article/ib200560>.
What is a Social Injustice?
"Sweatshops." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 29 Dec. 2006. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.2facts.com/article/i0200530>.
Child Labor Today
What have we learned from this?
Child Labor in America
Nike Sweatshops and Child Labor Scandal
According to the Labor Department, Child labor has been in decline since 1994, mainly in Latin American countries, but still remains prevalent in Asian countries such as India, China, and the Philippines ("Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)"). The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 banned child labor in factories and mines. While child labor was prevalent in the United States during the Industrial Revolution, it has since been eradicated with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which makes it illegal for children under 12 to be employed ("Child Labor"). The Convention of the rights on the child covers the child labor issue by addressing the minimum age for employment. The most practical solution to ending child labor is to get people informed that it does continue in the world, and to get the government to push more laws through in order to eradicate child labor. ("Child Labor")

"Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts on File News Services, 7 Mar. 1997. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.2facts.com/article/ib200560

"Child Labor." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web 25 Mar. 2014
- A relative concept about the claimed unfairness or injustice of a society in its divisions of rewards and burdens and other incidental inequalities based on the users world view of humanity.
Immorality
Abuse
Wrongdoing
Negligence
Violation
Unfairness
In this country, we have a government that limits the working hours of children and forbids the interstate sale of goods produced by child labor and protects health of laborers. ("Child Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - U.S. Department of Labor")
Child labor began in the U.S in the early 1800s ("Sweatshops.") With the most recent events in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 ("Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)").
2002 - state department censured 19 countries, 3 tiers
2003 - Nike sued for conditions of workers in southeast Asia
2004 - Gap admits mistreatment of overseas workers and agreed to ameliorate conditions
2005 - National labor committee rallies against alleged sweatshop conditions - Disney books, China
Why Child Labor is a Social Injustice
- Goes against morals
"Child Labor." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
- no choice
"Sweatshops." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 29 Dec. 2006. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.2facts.com/article/i0200530>.
"Child Labor." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in context. Web 25 Mar. 2014
"Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 7 Mar. 1997. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. <http://www.2facts.com/article/ib200560>.
- Not safe for physical and mental health
- little pay
Since the early 1970s, Nike has been accused of having child labor living in poor conditions. In Indonesia, this Nike sweatshop scandal includes
- children being paid under minimum wage
- labor abuses
("Nike's Experience in Indonesia (sidebar)")
- dangerous
- No education
Many poor countries in Asia and Latin America have no laws prohibiting child labor, and if they do, the government does not enforce them. In many cultures, children work and take part in the workforce simple to support their family. Many of these children work in sweatshops, and have to endure the same abuse as adults would get in them. These workers would then get paid close to nothing or nothing at all for a full 12 hour shift in either a sweatshop or factory. Not all is lost though, major brand companies such as Adidas pledged to pay 1 million dollars to pay for monitors that would ensure to underage individual is working in a factory or assembly line. Overall, about 200 million children worldwide, that we know of, are either working in factories or sweatshops. The only way to prevent this is to help spread the word around on what is going on with these children, in hopes that a law will be passed either banning child labor or putting heavy restrictions on it. ("Child Labor and Sweatshops (sidebar)")
The Nike sweatshop controversy was commonly displayed in media.
("Nike's Experience in Indonesia (sidebar)")
Nike was finally sued for these working conditions in 2003. As many social injustices are tried to be covered with excuses to hide the true immoral actions behind them, it is hard to see the reasoning behind these irrational excuses
'They were crying and allowed to continue their job only after two hours under the sun," said Ujang Suhendi, 47, a worker at a warehouse in the factory, talking about children under the age of 10 who could not meet their requirement of shoe product for that day. ("Nike Workers Child Labor Abuse")
"Child Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - U.S. Department of Labor." Child Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - U.S. Department of Labor. U.S. Department of Labor, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. <http://www.dol.gov/whd/childlabor.htm>.
"Child Labor in the Early Twentieth Century." UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History. Sonia Benson, Daniel E. Brannen, Jr., and Rebecca Valentine. Vol. 2. Detroit: UXL, 2009. 275-278. Student Resources in Context. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.
Children worked as newsies, worked in factories, worked as coal miners, rolled cigars, weaved baskets, picked fruit, worked with oysters and shrimp, sett bowling pins and conducted other harsh labors for low pay, long hours, and the pssoibilty of losing their lives.
("Child Labor in the Early Twentiteth Century")
"Social Injustice | Reference.com." Social
Injustice | Reference.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.
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