Child Labor And Child Rights

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Child Slavery Up until the 13th amendment, owning a slave had been just like owning any other piece of property. No one felt guilty about how the slaves were being mistreated. The 13th amendment was the first step in ending slavery in the United States, but no steps were taken to end slavery in other countries. Even though people believe that slavery no longer exists today, about 5.5 million children are still held captive in slavery (Anti- Slavery International 2012). Child slavery can come in many different forms. There are a few differences between child work, child labor, and child slavery. Child work is beneficial to the child. Work can be used to gain skills or knowledge that is essential for the child growing up. Work can also be a source of income for a family. Child labor is the child being taken away from an education and development. An example of child labor would be a ten year old child working for a company when the labor laws say that the minimum working age is 15. The worst form of child labor is when the child is doing hazardous work. Any work that is dangerous to the child is considered hazardous work. Slavery and slavery- like practices are the major and most common types of child labor. Child trafficking is transporting children away from their homes and families, so they can be exploited for sex or labor. The children are left vulnerable and at the mercy of their employers (Anti- Slavery International). In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human
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