Discussion » Current Events » End Child Labor

  • Rockstar Mooney
    Rockstar Mooney wrote:

    An estimated 211 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working around the world,according to the International Labor Organization. Although child labor is most common in the Global South, it is found throughout the world, including the US. Child laborers are often exposed to conditions extremely harmful to their physical and mental well-being.

    Unions and grassroots groups are increasingly recognizing direct connections between worker rights and the fight against child labor. Recognizing child labor as a violation of children's and workers' rights, trade unions are joining with families and community organizations to combat child labor, to move children out of work and into school, and to support core labor standards. Historically and in today’s global economy:strong unions are an important protection against child labor. Also,when parents are able to improve conditions through effective unions, children are much less likely to have to work.Active struggles against child labor tend to strengthen unions and workers’ rights in general.

    Many workers and unions in the U.S. and other countries are supporting efforts to end child labor by forging alliances with unions in other countries. These alliances work to achieve enforceable global labor standards, such as ILO Convention 182, and hold transnational companies accountable for labor practices.

    Historical strategies still apply : Union and Community Organizing Free Education for All, Children Campaigns to Change Public Opinion, and Universal Minimum Standards.



  • Mengmeng
    Mengmeng wrote:

    Minimize the gap between rich and poor coutries, the income between different classes.
    Education, not schooling.
    Birth control, encourage adoption.

  • Virgil W
    Virgil W wrote:

    May God and Buddha bless this thread.

  • Joligne
    Joligne wrote:

    BLAME their parents. how could they do such cruel thing on their own flesh and bones !!!  

  • Nicole Webber
    Nicole Webber wrote:

    Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989

    Entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49


  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)


    Hahahaha ... as far as conspiracy (and facts) goes, governments (or most of them anyway) are just employee(s) of this commercial world ...

    I just read from the news last night that after a woman found out her husband has a 12-year-old daughter from his previous marriage, she started looking for a husband for this girl, eventually marrying her off to a 25-yo ... cant remember which city in China, but it is in rural area ...

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    You'll find women and children working in a lot of third world shitholes even where many of the adult men are unemployed. Child labor does not fill a niche that adult labor is incapable or unwilling to cover. Besides being an emotional issue, it's a means for corporate owners to exploit labor itself.

    Factory owners often prefer women and children as laborers because they are considered more docile, complacent, passive, and easier to control. There's no danger of a strike or organized attempts to demand better pay and safer work conditions, or so the patriarchal thinking goes.

    As it's a problem that affects all labor, it's something that major labor unions must address (rather than just serving merely as intermediaries for grievance arbitration). Ah, but too bad much of the West looks at labor unions as criminal enterprises. I understand that union involvement in the Occupy Wall Street protests has been an oft-repeated right wing talking point.

    "honestly what happens most of the time is when they shut down these factories the children end up just selling their body to survive instead."

    Unless you, oh, I don't fucking know, I've got no fucking clue how could you prevent this.

    Maybe by building schools?

    It's far from an intractable issue. Child labor used to be exploited in the US, too, and the brothels didn't overflow with twelve year olds the minute labor laws were passed. Don't make it seem as though it's impossible to solve.

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  • Nicole Webber
    Nicole Webber wrote:

    The full articles

    Adina, From Rwanda

    When she was 14, Adina Mukakalisa was told by the market trader she worked for to go with two men. They would take her to live abroad where she would be safe and go to school. When she reached Britain, a man picked her up from the airport and took her to a house. For two years, the teenager was forced to live in a locked kitchen with access only to a toilet and basin. Her job was to keep house. When another man joined them she was taken upstairs and raped. The men kept her as their sex slave until she escaped and flagged down a driver who took her to the police.

    'It was usual to be woken with a beating'

    Ade, 25, From Nigeria:

    Strangers brought 11-year-old Ade and his nine-year-old brother to London after their father died.

    They were treated as slaves, working first in the kitchens of a restaurant. They were then moved from family to family, missing school, and often had to go to the market to buy food for the restaurant where they worked. "We were constantly being beaten and sometimes even threatened with our lives to make sure we did our duties properly. It wouldn't be unusual to be woken with a beating," he says.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    "And please no profanity here( this is not the thread for that)"

    Well... I was on board until you said this shit.

    Nope. Nope. Fuck all that. Here's my solution to the child labor problem: we chain Mooney to a radiator, give him a tiny desk and a tiny chair, and have him make our shoes.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    So maybe you'll accidentally sew your hands together a few times while you learn the tricks of the trade from someone with more seniority. Tough break. School of hard knocks, eh?

    How much time do you think you'd need apprenticing to an 8 year old Malaysian kid before you can stitch together a soccer ball correctly? Do you have a learning disability?

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Lao Lee, Eh. Even in developed countries, education is only compulsory up until middle school. You have to allow some leeway for farmers.

    @Mooney, Cool. When you complete your contract maybe Phil Knight will hire you as a PR consultant.

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