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No Statistics on
Child Labour in Fiji
Labour Minister of the Fiji Islands,
Krishna Datt, has issued a statement conveying the State�s inability to
combat the problem of child labour due to the lack of available
statistics. Datt recognised that young children work in tobacco
factories, shine shoes in supermarkets etc., but stated that there are
not numbers to confirm these facts.
Fiji Village-Suva -13.06.06
slaves brought to the UK by trafficking gangs
A media report revealed that hundreds of children from
Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe are being brought into Britain each year
to be used for "slave labour" in sweatshops, private homes and cannabis
factories,. In many cases, the parents of these children pay gangs of
traffickers to take them to the UK, believing that their offspring will
lead better lives abroad, and the children will be able to send money
home. It has been found that the children who are smuggled into Britain
are put to work immediately, they live in appalling conditions and are
often subjected to physical and sexual abuse.
The Sunday Telegraph
workers in Indonesia
According to an ILO study, there are
approximately 2.6 million child domestic workers in Indonesia. Due to
the hidden aspect of the work itself, children working in the domestic
sector are not protected by Indonesian labour laws and therefore, suffer
silently from exploitation and abuse.
Inter Press Service-
According to an ILO study in Paraguay, more than 260,000 children
participate in some form of economic activity, and nearly half of the
children are exposed to hazardous conditions. The problem persists
despite a 2005 prohibition of child labour in sectors where dangerous
Terra Actualidad - 07.04.06
Child workers in
agriculture sector in Kenya
An ILO report presented a bleak picture on child labour in Kenya. The
report revealed that nearly 2.5 million Kenyan children are engaged in
economic activities, most often in the agricultural sector. The
children were typically between the ages of 5 to 17 years. While only
32% of these working children have completed secondary school, 12.7%
have never been to school.
AND Network News - 11.05.0
These examples illustrate that a strong and sustained global effort is
required to progressively eliminate child labour worldwide.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2004, there
were 218 million children involved in child labour (particularly in the
agricultural sector, where 7 out of every 10 child labourers work), and
317 million involved in economic activities.
Approximately 127 million children,
aged 5-17, are estimated to be working in dangerous environments,
exposed to hazardous conditions, machinery or substances.
The largest number of child workers can be found in the Asia and Pacific
Region, where there are 122 million working children (aged 5 to 14),
representing 18.8% of the region�s population. Sub-Saharan Africa is
also acutely affected by the problem of child labour with 26.4% of the
child population presently working, translating to nearly 50 million
children altogether. The Latin American and the Caribbean regions are
currently experiencing a decrease in child labour, with only 5 % of
children economically active.
Information Graph by Region: Children involved in economic activities
Created by DCI based on
information extracted from: the Global ILO report 2006 �The end of child
labour: within reach�, International Labour Organization, Geneva, 2006.