Child Labor News

Here you can find news articles from the US and around the world concerning Child Labor.

Equatorial Guinea: Child Trafficking in Minvoul – Gabonews

February 10, 2013

A network of child trafficking, run by women from Equatorial Guinea, Regina Mene Obone and Candida Mango-Nzang Macha, has been dismantled in Minvoul. Two women were recently arrested in Doumassi, a village 12 kilometers from Minvoul, while attempting to carry out a new operation. The alleged traffickers were officially trying to buy fish from fishermen in this area. They actually took advantage of their trade to sell living children among Baka pygmies.

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China: Hewlett-Packard directs its suppliers to limit child labor – Times of India

February 8, 2013

Times of India (Hong Kong): Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s largest makers of computers and other electronics, is imposing new limits on the employment of students and temporary agency workers at factories across China. The move, following recent efforts by Apple to increase scrutiny of student workers, reflects a significant shift in how electronics companies view problematic labor practices in China. Many factories in China have long relied on high school students, vocational school students and temporary workers to cope with periodic surges in orders as factory labor becomes increasingly scarce. Students complain of being ordered by school administrators to put in very long hours on short notice at jobs with no relevance to their studies; local governments sometimes order schools to provide labor, and the factories pay school administrators a bonus.For much of the past decade, many of the world’s big electronics companies have largely neglected the problem, beyond in some cases tracking reports of the abuses. Apple made the unusual move last year of joining the Fair Labor Association, one of the largest workplace monitoring groups, which inspects factories in China that make computers, iPhones and other devices under contract from Apple. And last month, Apple said it would begin requiring suppliers to provide information about their student workers “so we can monitor this issue more carefully.”Now HP is pushing even harder. Its rules, given to suppliers in China on Friday morning, say that all work must be voluntary and that students and temporary workers must be free “to leave work at any time upon reasonable notice without negative repercussions, and they must have access to reliable and reprisal-free grievance mechanisms,” according to the company.The rules also require that student work “must complement the primary area of study” – a restriction that could rule out huge numbers of students whose studies have nothing to do with electronics or manufacturing. Click here to read more…


Global: Governments Fail to Plan Phase Out of Mercury Use in Small-scale Mining Where Child Labor Exists – IIECL

February 7, 2013

After rounds of intensive talks, which began in 2010, on January 19, 2013, 140 governments agreed to an international mercury treaty that encourages governments to do more to address the threat of mercury to health and safety. This marks the first environmental treaty that contains specific action on the prevention and treatment of mercury poisoning. The treaty does address to some extent the use of mercury in artisanal gold mining, in various products and processes, and in emissions from industrial facilities, such as coal-fired power plants, but fails to set timeline for the complete phase out of mercury in small-scale mining where child labor exists. Click here to read more…


More action needed to address children caught in conflict – IIECL

February 4, 2013

Fifty-eight groups in 13 countries are still recruiting and using child soldiers. Despite a 2005 U.N. resolution, international protocols on child soldiers, and increased monitoring and reporting, that has produced some results, “Much more is needed to be done,” says Diane Mull, Executive Director of the International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL). Click here to read more…


Mali: Heavily armed child soldiers fighting in Mali conflict – SOTT.net

February 1, 2013

Malian child soldiers are fighting in the country’s conflict, journalists on the ground have reported. While French troops have boasted of the successful retaking of northern Mali from Islamist fighters, sectarian violence is worsening. The three-week-long intervention has created havoc and misery, reporter Gonzalo Wancha said, adding that the scars of the conflict will likely last a lifetime. Click here to read more…


Russia – Tajikistan: Tajik Immigration Authorities Report 74,000 Tajik Migrant Child Laborers In Russia – Radio Free Europe

January 31, 2013

Dushanbe – The Tajik Migration Service chief, Safiallo Devonaev, says 74000 Tajik citizens under 18 years of age are working in Russia as migrant laborers.

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USA-Indiana: Bill introduced to amend child labor law preventing the hiring of under 14 as referees – Soccer America

January 29, 2013

[REFEREES] Indiana’s law forbidding children under the age of 14 from refereeing is receiving quite a bit of attention. Matthew Burkart, one of the 12-year -old referees negatively affected by the current law, was asked to speak before a recent hearing of the Indiana Senate Committee on Pension and Labor. Click here to read more…


Thailand: Finnwatch reports child labor at Thai tuna supplier – SeafoodSource

January 27, 2013

By Christine Blank, SeafoodSource contributing editor 25 January, 2013 - Chicken of the Sea and other global private label and branded canned tuna lines are the target of a recent investigation involving child labor and other violations at tuna factories in Thailand. Click here to read more…