Child Labor : A Broad Term, And The Exploitation Of Minors

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Child labor is a broad term, and the exploitation of minors remains a global issue without a global solution. Divides in cultural acceptance and a misunderstanding of what the term encompasses results in far too many adults failing to recognize how child labor affects their country. First, we must recognize all areas of exploitation that child labor incorporates and how there are child labor *victims* being arrested on American soil. Yes, victims of child labor can be arrested, or fear arrest, due to their exploitation being rooted in prostitution. They know their actions may be deemed illegal, despite the fact they are coerced and existing in a non-consensual arrangement.

## Equal Rights for All Child Labor Victims

The false public perception that sexually exploited teenagers are somehow electing to commit offenses involving prostitution, pornography or drug trafficking must be altered. Without enhanced public understanding, law enforcement in far too many sectors of the world will continue to fail child labor victims. The International Labor Organization (ILO) uses the term *hazardous work* to describe any sort of *labor* that jeopardizes the physical, mental or moral well-being of a child, either due to its nature or due to the conditions in which the labor is carried out.

This includes sex crimes involving children. The ILO defines *child labor* as:

all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage…

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