Child Labor News
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Solomon Islands: Child Labor, Trafficking Common in the Pacific – Islands Business
HONIARA, Solomon Islands —- Child labor and trafficking is common in the Pacific Island countries but proper information on the issue was never passed on to people who need to know of such issues. Click here to read more…
Lebanon: Child Labor in Lebanon – CASES (Video)
Based on 2003 data, 180,000 children are engaged in child labor. With the conflict in Syria, the situation of child labor due to refugees, on top of the continuing problem of Lebanese child laborers, the problem is escalating. Click here to view video (in English). Click here to read more…
USA: FBI Rescues 168 of ‘America’s Children’ From Sex Traffickers – NBC News
The FBI has rescued 168 children as a result of a coast-to-coast crackdown on sex traffickers, officials said Monday (June 23, 2014). Officials reported that the youngest was 11 years old and some of the children have never been reported missing. The week-long operation, called “Cross County VIII,” took place in 106 cities across the U.S. and resulted in the arrest of 281 pimps who recruited minors off street corners and online. Officials said both the victims and their captors were generally American citizens.
USA – Idaho: Bill Proposes Change to Logging Child Labor Law – Capital Press
Members of Idaho’s congressional delegation have proposed a bill that would lower the minimum age for children of logging company owners to work with a parent in the industry.
The bill proposed would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to lower the minimum mechanized logging employment age for children of logging company owners from 18 to 16. Parental supervision would be required for the 16 and 17-year old workers.
Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho, introduced the bill in the Senate, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, submitted a House companion bill. Apparently, no opposition to the bill has been expressed but Crapo expects concerns may surface during the vetting of the bill. The bill is called the Youth Careers in Logging Act, which would amend the FLSA to lower the minimum mechanized logging employment age for children.
Proponents of the bill say that while logging is dangerous, they believe the risks for the youth would be outweighed by their learning a strong work ethic. The average age of an American logger is 58. It is thought that the bill could help bring new blood to the workforce.
Serena Carlson, a consultant for the Idaho Forest Product Commission, believes the bill would add consistency to labor laws, which already allow 16-year-old children to work on farms and operate heavy equipment.
“Logging and agriculture are very similar. It doesn’t make sense that there would be an exception for agriculture but no logging,” said Carlson.
“It is extremely troubling that there is a continued attempt to erode child labor protective laws in US,” says Diane Mull, executive director of the International Initiative to End Child Labor. While the rest of the world is strengthening their laws and protections for children, in the US we disregard decades of history and research, not to mention the countless numbers of recorded deaths, which has proven that children must be protected from hazardous labor and sometimes their parents,” Mull says.
“Agriculture, of which forestry is a part, is consistently one of the top three most dangerous industries, due to the numbers of accidents and deaths on the job that happen each year. Agriculture, especially logging operations, is no location where a child should be found,” says Mull.
USA: Emily Grant Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2013 – IIECL
If you are a young person, teacher, school, youth or community group or NGO working with children and/or youth and need a small amount of funds to support a project idea to help end child labor, we want to hear your ideas. In collaboration with the Emily Sandall Foundation, the International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) will be awarding ten Emily grants in the fall of 2013. Applications are due by midnight November 3, 2013. Proposed projects should address the following: Click here to read more…