Condemning the Innocent: Child Labor

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Condemning the Innocent According to the International Labor Organization 215 million children (5-14) are involved in child labor. That’s almost 1 in three children having to work causing them to lose time that could be spent in school experiencing their childhood and most importantly being in a safe environment. Today Child labor has become a growing concern throughout the global community and should be put to a stop because of it is abusive, destructive, and promotes a regressive society for children everywhere. We cannot afford for our youth to continue in this horrendous cycle because it not only is detrimental for our present but for our future. Child labor is abusive to these children as it is grueling and dangerous for these mistreated workers. Children are being abused across the globe as they are forced to work to provide for their basic needs. Child labor is widespread especially in third world countries such as Afghanistan where “By Afghan government estimates, as many as a third of the nation's children -- more than 4 million -- take part in some sort of work, from picking fruit to mining coal.”(Nissenbaum, Dion, the Wall Street journal) Children as young as 10 work in illegal mines, often for 12 hours a day just to provide for their basic needs. These children are being forced to work in extremely hazardous conditions where they are forced to do strenuous work for an extremely long period of time preventing them from exploring and fulfilling other interest such as education and experiencing childhood. Another example of this would be in Mali, Africa were a terrifying report from the Human Rights Watch and NBC News reports tha... ... middle of paper ... ...obalization's Children Are Being Abandoned." Global Viewpoint. 05 Feb. 2014: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. "Child Labour Robbing Millions of Health, Education and Growth..." Targeted News Service. 12 Jun. 2013: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. Maki, Reid. "Child Labor Coalition Announces Top 10 Child Labor Stories of 2011." Targeted News Service. 12 Jan. 2012: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Nissenbaum, Dion. "Teenager Films Afghan Child Labor." Wall Street Journal. 14 Jul. 2012: A.10. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Shailor, Barbara. "Spotlight on World Day Against Child Labor." 12 Jun. 2012: n.p. SIRS Government Reporter. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Villa, Judi. "Lies Trap Children into Prostitution." Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ). Feb. 12 2007: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

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