Child Labor News

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

USA: FBI Rescues 168 of ‘America’s Children’ From Sex Traffickers – NBC News

June 23, 2014

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.

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USA – Idaho: Bill Proposes Change to Logging Child Labor Law – Capital Press

May 27, 2014

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: Report Highlights Child Labor on US Tobacco Farms – Associated Press


Richmond, VA (May 14, 2014) An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

A report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch claims that children as young as 7 are sometimes working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous conditions. Most of what the group documented is legal, but it wants cigarette makers to push for safety on farms from which they buy tobacco. Click here to read more…


Norway: Norwegian pension fund withdraws investment in Indian seed company due to child labor – Indianet.nl

October 28, 2013

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has recently decided to withdraw its investment in the Indian company Zuari Agro Chemicals (‘Zuari’) because of the contribution of the company to the worst forms of child labor. This decision was taken based on a recommendation from the Council on Ethics of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). On the average, 20% to 30% of the workers at the farms supplying seeds to Zuari are children under 15 years. A rough estimate suggests that about 3,000 to 4,000 children are involved in the company’s seed production: 20% of them younger than 10 years of age. The decision of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance has been taken after various unsuccessful efforts to get a credible response from Zuari on how they are tackling child labor in their supply chain Click here to read more…


USA: Emily Grant Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2013 – IIECL

October 8, 2013

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…


USA: List of IIECL and Emily Sandall Foundation’s Emily Grant Awards 2004 – 2013 – IIECL

October 1, 2013

2013 marks International Initiative to End Child Labor’s 15th anniversary as an organization working to end child labor. Since 2004, IIECL and the Emily Sandall Foundation (beginning in 2007) has been supporting the award of mini-grants to individuals, groups and organizations to promote a variety of actions toward ending child labor. As of the spring of 2013, a total of 89 grants have been awarded to support initiatives to end child labor in 30 countries worldwide. By the close of 2013, we expect the number of Emily grants to exceed 100.

We are thankful for the partnership with the 89 individuals, groups and organizations with whom we have worked in the past. We are very pleased with the outcomes of many of the grantees work. Through the Emily grants, thousands of children’s lives have been improved, bringing an end to child labor and a new beginning down a pathway of opportunity for the future. (For past Emily grant applicants and grantees awarded an Emily grant(s), we ask you to please note the paragraphs at the end of this announcement. Click here to read more…


USA: Emily Sandall Foundation Pledges 10 New Emily Grants for Fall 2013 – IIECL


The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) is pleased to announce that the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) has pledged to support 10 new Emily grants for the fall of 2013. Emily grants are awarded to individuals (students, youth, teachers, researchers, adults), groups (youth, girls/women/boys or advocacy groups), or organizations (civic, community based or non-governmental organizations) that want to end child labor. The awards are small mini-grants, totaling US $500 each and are to be used to support specific actions toward ending child labor. The grants are named in honor of Emily Sandall who was an activist promoting human rights for children Click here to read more…


USA: Latest Findings on Country Performance with Ending Child Labor Published – IIECL


Washington, DC: USDOL releases it’s 2012 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

September 30, 2013–US Department of Labor held its annual event to release the latest findings on the status of individual countries’ progress on ending the worst forms of child labor and the list of goods produced by child labor or forced labor.

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, and Senator Tom Harkin were guest speakers. Using a talk show format moderated by Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, each guest speaker offered a “Then, Now and Next” perspective on how the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor was passed and the US’s ratification of the UN convention was achieved. Past lessons learned were shared by Sec. Heman and Sen. Harkin to help guide future work on addressing child labor. Click here to read more…