166 child laborers are under the age of 14
74 risk their life’s in dangerous jobs
26.4% are in Africa
800 children mine copper and cobalt
They earn less than a dollar a day
Many of the organizers prefer to use children
They work with bare hands and bare feet
Most of the time the kids don’t make enough for a meal
Thanks for posting the video link Travis. The story enfuriates me. Sad that we are still putting profits ahead of children's safety and lives.
Children did the easier work.
Child labor laws were ignored.
Children 16 and over were put into non-hazardous work.
Only children 16 and over were allowed to work.
Kids work a 68-72 hour week.
There were protests against child labor.
Good Video Bradley. I was looking for a current news story about child labour, but thanks for posting the video all the same.
Chocolate and Child Slavery
• Slavery, trafficking, abusive labour practices in chocolate industry not well-documented
• 70% of world’s cocoa production involves child labour or slavery
• According to BBC 100’s of thousands of children stolen/purchased and sold to cocoa farms on Ivory Coast
• Destitute parents deceived; thinking children going to good jobs and supporting family
• Children not paid or educated, are underfed and are beaten if they try to escape
• 11 to 16 years old; sometimes younger
• Children work (hard manual labour) 80 to 100 hours a week, every week
• To supply North American market
• Big Chocolate companies buy from child labour based suppliers
• Legislation introduced for chocolate labelling system (ie: “Child Labour Free” labels) – Block by large corporations, subsequent adaptations failed to be implemented
• Child slavery keeps labour and chocolate costs down; average American eats 11 pounds of chocolate a year – Big industry
• Buy Fair Trade, Equal Exchange, Rainforest Alliance
• Fairly sourced chocolate more expensive but price drops as people buy it; has become easier to find and continues to
Spread the word and educate others about the problem
Excellent post Gerd. The article really makes you think about making better, more ethical and sustainable choices.
Here is a the link to the website mentioned in the article: www.greenamerica.org
for anyone who wants to know more.
- 74 million children are in dangerous jobs such as mining or construction
- they work almost 8 to 12 hours a day 6 times a week
- they earn less than a dollar a day or sometimes just food
- half the time child labourers don't even have protective gear on let alone shoes
- in Democratic Republic of Congo 800 children are child labourers that work in electrical
- some are less than only five or six years old
- Every 1 in 7 children are child labourers
- in Africa 1 in 3 children are child labourers
Good summary notes Hanna...but as good as the story is...it is the same one as Travis posted.
- About 70,000 companies around the world are being inspected by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to make sure that they are abiding by the labor laws
- "The special audit and assessment of business establishments all over the country... will ensure that businessmen are paying the correct amount of minimum wage to their workers and... are not employing child workers," said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
- Beginning in May, DOLE started inspecting establishments that:
-include hazardous jobs
-"are engage in contracting and subcontracting arrangements"
-"engage in Philippine-registered domestic shipping"
-employ more than ten people
- Companies that carry out these rules will get a certificate of compliance
- "The issuance of certificates of compliance is an encouragement to company owners to be follow labor laws and make their employees aware of their rights. Having a certificate of compliance means an establishment will no longer be inspected if they are complying with labor laws for two years. This means less bother for the owners," Baldoz said.
- Companies that don't carry out these laws will be given technical help from DOLE and be monitored by LLCOs
- In 2011 about 3 million Filipino children aged 5 to 17 worked in dangerous conditions, like farming and mining, where they were unprotected against toxic chemicals
- "No parent wants to see their children work under hazardous conditions, but many children are forced to work out of necessity,” he said. “We need to reach out more to barangays and families to show there are alternative sources of livelihood for them instead of allowing their children to work," Lawrence Jeff Johnson added.
- The Red Card to Child Labor in a campaign that was launched to help put an end to children working in factories and businesses
- 200 children that used to be workers were at the campaign launch in the Philippines where there was a mini-concert and a football tournament
- The children learned football from Phil and James Younghusband who own the Younghusband Football Academy
- Phil said that teaching them football is their way of "supporting the campaign for ending child labor in the Philippines"
- “We've committed to hold tournaments and football clinics for the children quarterly because we want to be involved in this project on a long-term basis," Younghusband added.
Good work Vanessa. Very detailed notes. Remember when doing your summary notes, you want to record only the most important details.
In Port Au Prince, Haiti a 13 year old girl was beaten daily and forced to work, unpaid, in a stranger’s home. Marilaine is one of 200,000 or more Haitian children living as restaveks, children serving as unpaid maids working for room and board. Marilaine grew up in remote village where there is no family planning or public schooling available. She is one of 12 children of poor parents. Marilaine asked her father, when she was 10, to pay for her school fees, instead he took her to the capital to work as a restavek, without even telling her mother.
As is common for restaveks, Marilaine slept on the floor, woke up at 5 each morning to clean the house, fetch water, and wash dishes. The restavek system isn’t always bad, sometimes the child gets more food and education (two- thirds of restaveks are girls). Marilaine said that she was fed properly and was allowed to attend a free afternoon school.
An aid group, called the Restavek Freedom Foundation, helped Marilaine escape and find refuge in a safe house for restaveks. There, Marilaine was able to touch and read books (she wasn’t allowed in her old house), sleep in a bed and got new clothes.
The family that Marilaine was working for was furious and insisted that they never beat her. The leader of a neighbourhood association offered a defense. “In Haitian culture it is normal to beat a child, but that is not the same as mistreatment.”
The whole neighbourhood gathered in front of Marilaine’s school and demanded that she be returned. They threatened to burn down the school. After hours of negotiations the police averted a riot.
Marilaine was returned to her mother, her mother wasn’t happy to see her. She had assumed that Marilaine had died years ago. Marilaine wanted to return to the safe house but, police told her that she had to stay with her family. Marilaine burst into tears.
Helping people is a complex task and the underlining problem is poverty. Providing fee birth control and free public education is a way to fight global poverty.
What a devastating story. Especially when she eventually returns to her family and isn't shown the love she deserves. Thanks for finding and sharing this story Emily.
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