UNICEF estimated 246 million children are engaged in child labor. Of those, almost three-quarters (171 million) work in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture or working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, laboring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations.
Millions of girls work as domestic servants and unpaid household help and are especially vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Millions of others work under horrific circumstances. They may be trafficked (1.2 million), forced into debt bondage or other forms of slavery (5.7 million), into prostitution and pornography (1.8 million), into participating in armed conflict (0.3 million) or other illicit activities (0.6 million). However, the vast majority of child laborers 70% or more work in agriculture.
Regional estimates indicate that:
The Asian and Pacific regions harbor the largest number of child workers in the five to 14 age group, 127.3 million in total. (19% of children work in the region.)
Sub-Saharan Africa has an estimated 48 million child workers. Almost one child in three (29%) below the age of 15 works.
Latin America and the Caribbean have approximately 17.4 million child workers. (16% of children work in the region).
15% of children work in the Middle East and North Africa.
Approximately 2.5 million children are working in industrialized and transition economies.
International Labor Organization identified the following work performed by children in Cambodia as the worst forms of child labor:
work in brick factories
on commercial rubber plantations
in salt production
in fish processing
portering in border towns such as Poipet, and
domestic work in Phnom Penh.
Besides, experts on child labor in Cambodia believe that child prostitution, child pornography, begging, scrap collecting, and the trafficking of Cambodian children into neighboring countries such as Thailand and Malaysia for exploitative labor are other visible worst forms of child labor in Cambodia.
On March 14, 2006, Cambodia has ratified Convention No. 182 and committed themselves to take immediate action to prohibit and eliminate the worst forms of child labor.
June 12, 2006:
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR
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david (3992) 2006-05-01 5:46
very nice photograph and it's great that you're bringing such things to people's awareness ... and your link to the official day of action is great too.
ironically, the boy's tshirt says something about korea. i live in korea (as a foreigner) which is one of the luckier countries due to their industrialisation. i tried to contact the korean unicef about 6 months ago but received no reply! :(
again, great shot and great note. i love to see trekkers being world aware and philantrhopic.
ChristineLe (59) 2006-05-01 6:01
Your picture switched me to your notes and here I have been woken up of what I thought never happening on our earth.
It's a great pleasure to read the experience and the observation of other photographers to make a short cut to others' pain...
Thanks and best regards,
phi75 (0) 2006-05-01 6:51
Wish one day, there'll be a Children Parliament to rule the World .....
have a good day.
Yuanclarkson (38) 2006-05-01 7:34
but it's a good topic to digest and to begin a new day, new week about the pain of others.
Captain (514) 2006-09-10 19:56
The pain and sadness you have caught in this image is very powerful.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8580)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-03-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-01 5:39
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