title: children at work

According to ILO estimates* about 300 million children work around the world…
  • at least 1/2 the world’s child labourers are found in South Asia (including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka), and Southeast Asia (including the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam);

  • largest concentration of child workers are between 5 and 14 years old;

  • about 120 million children are working full-time, most of whom are involved in subsistence farming. In Africa alone, numbers are rising by 1 million/year and are due to top 100 million by the year 2015.
A whole range of industries all around the world are functioning on these abuses - the carpet industry in India and in Pakistan, clothing in the Philippines and Portugal, mining in Zimbabwe, shoes in Italy and so forth.

*See: International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on "worst forms of child labour", 1999.