Over 246 million children across the world are thieved of their childhoods and taken to work in unsafe, treacherous conditions. From mills to agriculture, children are being used as slaves, being treated like dirt. From a mere age of 5, children are captured and sent to work for at least 12 hour days. This work damages them not only physically, but mentally and socially. It is estimated that 22,000 children die every year in work related accidents. The Asia Pacific region has the highest number of child workers at 127 million, ages 14 and under. We may not think of child labour as a big problem in our everyday lives, but if you knew where half of the things you wear, use consume and buy etc. is coming from, then maybe it would concern you.
Some children have no other option than to take part in labour, because their families are in desperate need of money. Their parents could be sick or unable to do work. Other children are snatched from their lives and imprisoned, forced to do strenuous and damaging work. Threats are thrown at the children and secrecy is sworn; the labourers do not want anyone finding out. Many children are forced into taking part in illicit, sexual and indecent activities.
Child labour is still used across the world because children are easier to manipulate, and find it harder to stand up for themselves. There is a constant need for all these manufactured products and not many adults are willing to take part in these jobs, so therefore are left for children to do. Using children means they don’t have to pay them very much because they do not really understand how money works, and they can work longer hours for little pay. Also their families are desperate for the money and will do whatever it takes to keep them going for another day. Greedy labourers can get more profit for themselves by paying illegal child workers very little.