The Importance Of Child Labor Laws

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Regulating Child Labor Across the Globe It is estimated that one in six of the world’s children are working in unacceptable conditions and that is about 180 million children worldwide (Kilcullen 218). That is a great deal of children that are exposed to harm or exploitation. The opposing side believes that these poor countries need child labor to survive, that it is alright to pay children low wages for the work they do, and do not believe that schooling is as important as work. By regulating child labor laws, governments would be able to enforce safer working conditions, increase wages to meet the cost of living, and mandate education for better opportunities even though the opposing side disputes these reasons and stance. First of all, child labor laws should be regulated so that working conditions are safer. Children’s health is diminishing because of the terrible working conditions. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), “23 percent of all children between 5 and 17 years of age were economically active in the year 2000,” and that “About half of these children are estimated to do work that is likely to harm their health, safety, or moral development” (Huebler 4). There is an enormous amount of children that are being harmed at work, and better regulations should be placed to stop this from happening. Children are suffering from injuries at work, and the accidents end up unreported. England’s Health and Safety Executive says that there are “31
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