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"…to enable families living in poverty to survive, a quarter of a billion children aged 14 and under, both in and out of school, now work, often in hazardous or unhealthy conditions…Having approved the International Labour Organisation convention on the worst forms of child labour, Member States must now implement it fully."
Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the Millennium Report

Vital Statistics

  • Some 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 work either full time or part time.
  • Almost half, some 120 million, work full time, every day, all year round.
  • Some 61 per cent of them live in Asia; 32 per cent in Africa and 7 per cent in Latin America.
  • 70 per cent of them work in agriculture.
  • 70 per cent work in dangerous environments.
  • Of the 250 million children concerned, some 50-60 million are between five and 11 years and work, by definition, in hazardous circumstances, considering their age and vulnerability.
  • Child labour is also common in developed countries. For example, in the United States, more than 230,000 children work in agriculture and 13,000 in sweatshops.