Child Labor in Agriculture

1377 Words6 Pages
“Sandy couldn’t see hands in the darkness of his home (a shack made from palm bark and zinc). He is from Dominican Republic. Although, he couldn’t see his hands: he could feel the burning sensation from the scars on his left thumb. He labored on a farm trimming garlic plants.” (Child Labour) He couldn’t eat breakfast and besides it was nothing for him to eat. He didn’t have work boots so he was forced to walk barefoot.

It is not believable that today child slaves are sold for less than they were in the 1900s. The child slaves’ masters don’t sell them in public auctions because it’s illegal. Yet, child slaves are stilled owned due to contracts, poverty, and fraud. Child slaves are trapped, controlled, and dehumanized just like in history stories. Child labor slave in agriculture can be ended if the government gets involved, if people boycott products produced by child labor, and if an education system is put into place where the children are working.


Child labor Slavery in agriculture is work that harms children and/or keeps them from attending school says the International Labour Organization. However, child labor is working full- time at a young age, work that hinders physical and social status, and work that has too much responsibility for a minor.


Worldwide, 61% of child laborers are in agriculture. Child labor slaves in agriculture range from the age of five to seventeen. Child labor in agriculture is hazardous for minors. About 59% of children work in these hazardous situations. There are 61% of children in agriculture slavery in Asia, 32% in Africa, 7% in Latin America stated by the International Labour Organization. While, people would say the U.S. to be a land of freedom even the childr...

... middle of paper ... watchers: working kids keep poor Latin American families afloat, but at a long-term cost for the region.” Latin trade 14 ( Jan.2006):20. Opposing Viewpoints in context. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.

“Child Labouring Agriculture.” International Labour Organization. N.p., N.d. web. 24. Feb. 2014. /.

“Take Action: End child labor in U.S. agriculture.” Humans Right Watch. N.P., web. 2014.

“ Child Labour in Agriculture.” Food, Agriculture & decent work ILO & FAO working together: N.p., n.d. web.2014.

“ child labor.” Excerpted from the state of the worlds children 1997, New York:Oxford University for UNICEF, 1997

“cotton crimes campaign.” Antislavery today’s fight for tomorrow’s freedom. N.p., n.d. web. 26 Feb. 2014

“child labour stories.” International labour office N.p., n.d. web. 26 Feb. 2014 ,>

More about Child Labor in Agriculture

Open Document