Child Labor News

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

Solomon Islands: Child Labor, Trafficking Common in the Pacific – Islands Business

September 2, 2014

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)

July 16, 2014

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…

Global: Child Labor Issues Putting Companies on Notice – WSJ

July 15, 2014

The Morning Risk Report – Wall Street Journal – Samsung Electronics Co.’s admission it has child labor within its supplier network and the U.S. State Department’s recent demotions of Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela to lowest-tier status for child and forced labor problems are serving as a wake-up call to multinational companies about cleaning up their own supply chains. Failing to weed out problems in their systems could lead to their bad behavior becoming front-page news, says the head of one organization fighting to eliminate child labor. “The hide-your-head-in-the-sand days are over,” said Diane Mull, executive director of the International Initiative on Exploitative Child Labor. Click here to read more…

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 –

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…