Child Labor As A Cultural Norm

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Description of the problem
“Child Labour; the Effect on Child, Causes, and Remedies to the Revolving Menace,” defines child labor as referring to “children who miss their childhood and are not able to have the basic amenities which a child should have.” There are many different reasons and causes for child labor. For some countries, child labor is considered to be a cultural norm. From the time children are old enough to be taught a skill, they are often trained in that field and put to work in order to help provide for their families. Other times, it is the sheer exploitation of a family’s struggle and desperation that leads these children into the industry.

With an approximate total of over 215 million children working in the industry today, child labor has become a significant problem. Although it is most prevalent in third-world and underdeveloped countries, it is perpetuated by the growing demand for manufactured products in countries such as our own. This constant increase in the demand and production of these manufactured products often leads the product’s owners towards significant income or loss, depending on the success of their products. Whether motivated by greed or lack of company funds, this increase leads to a search for inexpensive manufacturing. These manufacturing companies in turn pursue the cheapest form of labor available to them in order to conserve more funds. Because child labor is the cheapest form of labor available to these manufacturers, greed
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