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The Evil of Child Labour

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´╗┐Each year, about 2.7 million lives are lost due to child labor, especially in agriculture. One quarter of economically active children suffer from psychological scars, injuries or illnesses while working, according to the International Labor Organization survey of 26 countries. Child labor is forcing children to do work, work that by its nature or circumstance is highly damaging to the morals, mentality, health and safety of a child. Hazardous child labor is the worst form of child labor, with about 115 million children aged from as little as 4 to as young as 17, working in dangerously sectors like fishing, mining, agriculture, hotels, bars, restaurants, and domestic services. ...read more.


Child laborers face the same health risks adult workers do, but at a much higher level. The lack of healthy safe working conditions can be even more devastating and long lasting, resulting in fatal accidents, permanent disabilities, poor health, psychological and emotional damage. Child laborers have a greater risk of losing their hearing, a lower heat tolerance so work may result in sun strokes and fevers, a greater need for food and rest so having to work for long periods of time would result in poor muscle and skeletal growth, are small in size and are unskilled, uneducated and untrained so they are more prone to accidents, have higher chemical absorption rates which could lead to deformations and mutations. ...read more.


Aggression, delinquency, use of illegal substances like marijuana and heroin in an attempt to imitate the rash men at work and falling asleep in school means that very few children complete higher education and most drop out. Young workers are still growing and developing so they have greater needs that have to be taken into consideration when determining their healthy, safe working conditions. Children should be living a fun, happy, care-free environment, not forced to work. Child laborers have to work due to poverty and because of poverty, they will face additional risks like poverty related diseases (malnutrition, anemia, fatigue, etc) and so can die a premature death. Children of today are tomorrow?s future, so they must be allowed to grow into good citizens, not be destroyed by undertaking adult work. ...read more.

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