Child Labor : The Hypocrisy Of Modern Slavery

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Child Labor: The Hypocrisy of Modern Slavery The term ‘child labor’ is used to define any work that is mentally, physically and morally harmful to children, and interferes with their education (“What is child labour”). Children have been used as a labor force throughout most of history. After decades of struggle aimed to combat the massive employment of child labor, the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 ratified that children have the right to develop harmoniously their personality in a loving family environment. Moreover, it recognized the right of the children to be protected from exploitation, and any form of labor that jeopardizes their physical, mental and moral well-being. However, child labor is still eagerly diffused in developing countries but also in advanced nations such as the United States is not immune to this epidemic phenomenon —highlighting that the efforts spent on regulation have not yielded the desired results. Child labor should be banned, not merely regulated because children are the future of our society, and they must be nurtured not exploited. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated, in 2012, that child labor involves 168 million of children aged 5-17 years old globally, of whom 85 million are employed in hazardous work, threatening their well-being (“What is child labour”). Not possessing any qualification that permits them to access to a brain’s work, children are mainly employed in agriculture, accounting for 59 percent
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