Megan Kosten Barovero,pd.3 History 5.0 13 April 2014 Child Labor in Bangladesh Child labor has continued to be an ongoing problem in Bangladesh. There are many reasons for child labor, however, the top three reasons are because childrens’ families need money to buy food, they need money to buy clothing, and most of their parents lived in horrible shantytowns. Since these children's’ parents lived in such harsh conditions, they did not want their children living with them under these circumstances. These children are poor, which means they have no source of income to buy food or clothing. If children did not work in Bangladesh, They would starve to death.
Children started working because their families needed everyone to work just to be above the level of poverty, and some people didn 't even let their kids go to school or have fun because they needed to work. The only kids who could go to school were mostly from the wealthy family. Children had to go through hard times just to survive and feed themselves and their family members because if the child would not go to work then their family would not provide any basic need which the child need in childhood. This senerio is very commonly seen in the poor families with more number of children. The author Caitlin Ryan said in one of the article "Can we tolerate child labor in our supply chains and closets?"
It is not only harmful to the health of children, but it takes away their chance for an education, and simply takes away their childhood. The International Labor Organization estimates that 250 million children around the world, between the ages of five and fourteen, work. Out of the 250 million, 120 million of them work fulltime (ILO, 5). Child labor is common in industries such as agriculture, domestic services, carpet and textile, quarrying and brick making, and also prostitution. Some children work in factories and other workplaces in the “formal economy;” however, many work on farms or in homes.
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.
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. Also cultural values linked to a perception of the formative value of work, and the generational transition from parents to children.” (Carrasco 1) Many children are forced to work because their parents had also been victims of child labor and it is the only life they know. Child laborers often dream of going to school and becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but instead are obligated to wor... ... middle of paper ... ... a ten percent decrease in child labor around the world but progress slowed between 2004 and 2008 when there was only a three percent decrease in child labor around the globe. If the goal of ending child labor in the next two years is going to be accomplished, efforts must be increased. Ann M. Veneman encourages international organizations to work together to combat child labor.
Advocates and major corporations that support child labor argue that it is good because it gives poverty-stricken families a source of income. Child labor first appeared with the development of domestic systems (when people became civilized). It was widely practiced in England, America, and other countries during the 16th-18th centuries. Children were paid very little for the dangerous conditions and the long hours they were required to work. Many of these children worked in factories, mills, mines, and other horrible places.
Solving Child Labor will need the resolution of the country's socio economic problem, to reduce and solve child labor. Child labor usually takes place in developing countries as poverty contributes to families letting their child work. When they work they have little to no wages at all, sometimes they work within their own families. Because many countries are poor this is encouraged to at least bring something on the table for the family even though it is not much at all. Children are an asset to society.
Unfortunately, because families are living in poverty, some have no choice but to force their children to work. People who live in extreme poverty often rely upon child labor in order to earn extra income to attain basic living necessities. Sadly, many children are being forced to work beyond their physical ability... ... middle of paper ... ...e high rates of unemployment and civil war. Unfortunately, many of them are made to work beyond their physical ability and under life threatening conditions. This practice is illegal in most countries.
They want the survival of their children and of... ... middle of paper ... ...verty and a lack of education. When parents are in a much too poor society and condition to support their children, many would simply send away their children to become forced laborers, while many other children would be trafficked, for very similar purposes, without their parents even knowing so. This could be very dangerous as it could hurt both the parent and the child. Research has shown that approximately 1.2 million children each year are trafficked worldwide to live in such harsh conditions (UNICEF, UK Child Trafficking Information Sheet, January 2003). These children often feel neglected and sad because they have been abandoned and sent off to live in difficult circumstances.
(Chambers, 2005) Most of these children have no benefit at all from the meagre wages that they earn and usually neve... ... middle of paper ... ...ganisations. However, their work is made difficult by many extreme factors such as wars, environmental destruction and economic crises. Some children are rescued and slaveholders are prosecuted but addressing poverty before children are used for child labour is crucial to stop the cycle of abuse. Anti-slavery laws are also a vital step forward in the fight against using children for child labour. There are numerous bodies campaigning against child labour.