Child Labor

Topics: Sierra Leone Civil War, Revolutionary United Front, Sierra Leone Pages: 3 (972 words) Published: March 3, 2014
How can Americans help to end child labor? Well first I think it’s important to know what child labor is. Child labor is the use of children in industry or business, when illegal or considered inhumane. It is also work that harms children or keeps them from school. Underage children work all different kinds of jobs all over the world, usually because they are extremely poor. Large amounts of children work in commercial agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and domestic service. Some children work in illicit activities like the drug trade, prostitution, and even serving as soldiers. Luis Alberto is a 14 year old boy living in Mexico, he was hired by a gang to sell drugs but then got addicted to them. He works as a“mule” to carry, deliver, and sell drugs in small Mexican towns, or he smuggles them into the U.S. In October 2011 Luis was checked into a rehab center because of his addiction to methamphetamines. (Omar Millan) There has been no more reports on Luis, but I am wishing him well and I hope he has stayed clean and is safe. Child prostitution probably is the worst of the worst child labor there is. Usually children involved in prostitution are very poor or they are loaners and have no family. The story of Kieu is a sad one, when her family fell to loan sharks her mother decided to have her examined by a doctor and given a “certificate of virginity”. She then was delivered to a hotel and raped for 2 days. Kieu was 12 years old at the time and had no idea what her “job” was. Kieu is now at a safehouse after running from her family.(Phnom Penh) I am very surprised that her own mother would sell her to a man to rape her. That’s just awful! I’m so happy that she was able to get away and now living without having to worry about having to do that again.

As a teen in a war-ravaged country Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill. Ishmaels family was killed in the Sierra civil war from 1991-2002. During this period after Ishmael's...
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