Child labor is morally wrong. The children shouldn?t be forced to work. Most children who work are little more than slaves to their employers. They put up with abuse, starvation, and sometimes never being paid for their work. One eight year-old boy, Munnilal, from Varanasi, I... ... middle of paper ... ...hould be passed to better the conditions in which they work though.
The worst area in the world for child labor is in third world countries, because the children are dropping out of school so they can get some money so they don’t starve to death. Child labor laws were wrong because they force children to work 16 hours or more each day and up to 60 hours a week, and they work these long hours in hazardous, toxic conditions. There are many reasons why child labor exists today, and why it existed long ago, two of the main reasons being poverty and unemployment. Lots of families will rely on their children for their basic necessities such as food, water, and housing, something they should of thought about before they had a child of their own. The children are recruited because they usually don’t know their human rights, do the hardest, most dangerous work without even knowing it; they also accept low pay.
Because the working class children held close ties and responsibilities to their families and faced more poverty than the middle class, they had a lesser chance to move out of the working class as they had a commitment to work to support their families, or children without families had to support themselves, and had dimmer opportunities for education. In the Child Labor in the Carolinas, photos and depictions of children working in mills show how working class children did not have the opportunities to branch out and have a childhood as defined by today’s standards. Though the pamphlet creators may have been fighting for better standards for child labor in textile mills of the Carolinas, they simultaneously show how working class families depended on multiple members to support the family: in “Chester, South Carolina, an overseer told me frankly that manufacturers [in] all the South evaded the child labor law by letting youngsters who are under age help older brothers and sisters” (McElway, 11). Children were used because they were inexpensive labor and were taken advantage of in many ways because they were so... ... middle of paper ... ...d by a difference in wealth. The difficulty to provide for a family, much less make more money to rise above the working class, caused children born into working class families to feel like they were “stuck” because they did not have the extra time or money to devote to an education.
To begin with, forcing children to work starts a vicious cycle that will affect future generations. “According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 158 million children aged 5 to 14 engaged in child labor worldwide.” Because children are forced to work, they will miss out on getting educated and that will result in them not getting jobs in the future. This will only cause more poverty and lead them to force their own children to work. It is a never ending cycle. Unfortunately, because families are living in poverty, some have no choice but to force their children to work.
Though the number of child laborers had gone down throughout the years, the number of people still oblivious to the vast number of working children is quite disappointing. “A recent poll... ... middle of paper ... ...ation must be increased and valued to benefit children in a long-term standpoint. These three steps are vital towards reaching the goal of abolishing child labor worldwide, but it can’t be done without the support of many. Works Cited Baland, Jean-Marie, and James Robinson. "Is Child Labor Inefficient?."
Child labor not only prevents children from receiving an education, but the responsibility of supporting a family can cause long-term psychological and physical effects. Although many western activists are taking steps to regulate child labor, competition on the world market is slowing the reform process. After the industrial revolution, Children began to work outside of the home and leave the protection of their families to work in mines and factories. Child labor takes place because of a combination of social and economic factors. Dabeida Agramonte suggests the following are possible explanations for the occurrence of child labor: “Factors like poverty, lack of employment and low household income; lack of access to a quality education, the lack of alternative recreational spaces in communities and the existence of broken families.
Throughout time children have worked myriad hours in hazardous workplaces in order to make a few cents to a few dollars. This is known as child labor, where children are risking their lives daily for money. Today child labor continues to exist all over the world and even in the United States where children pick fruits and vegetables in difficult conditions. According to the article, “What is Child Labor”; it states that roughly 215 million children around the world are working between the ages of 5 and 17 in harmful workplaces. Child labor continues to exist because many families live in poverty and with more working hands there is an increase in income.
Children of the Industrial Revolution perhaps suffered more than the adults. Out of concern for child labor practices, the Sadler Commission investigated British factories and introduced their “Report on Child Labor.” When they interviewed former child worker, Matthew Crabtree, the following was discovered: “At what age did you first go to work in one?” asked Michael Thomas Sadler, at which time, Mr. Crabtree replied, “Eight” (Perry, 98). Owners realized that children were easier to train and control and they were forced to work as young as eight years old. They worked for many hours in factories and were denied their education. At such a young age, education and the support of family would have ... ... middle of paper ... ...lution bore tough times for poor and uneducated British citizens.
Some Third World countries argue that child labor is inevitable for societies at an early stage of industrial development. While trying to achieve this development, poverty and underdevelopment cause child labor to be a necessary, if unfortunate, aspect of modernization in poor countries. In the majority of Hindu societies, for instance, there is a natural... ... middle of paper ... ...ldren from child slavery. Frequently, the organization will literally storm into factories and free bonded children. Many companies have also started combating child labor by requiring their suppliers to prohibit the employment of children under the age of 14.
India and Africa have industries that are growing rapidly, but because these nations are so poor, they have to rely on children to do most of the work because it is the most cost effective option. Numerous activist groups worldwide have tried fighting child labor by starting workers unions and providing poor families with a source of income, but children are still being exploited. Child labor is unacceptable; instances of it can be minimized by enforcing labor laws more strictly, making children get an education, and moving the production of goods away from youth employment. Between the years of 1876 and the early 1900’s, the United States experienced a period known as the Rise of Industrial America. The United States was the first industrial powerhouse worldwide.