Child Labor News

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

Global: Child trafficking on the rise – UNODC

November 24, 2014

The share of children among trafficked people is increasing, with minors making up almost a third of all detected victims – and a new UN report has warned nowhere is immune. Two out of every three victims are girls. The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released Monday, showed 33-percent of detected victims of human trafficking are children. The 2014 trafficking report, based on data from between 2010 and 2012, showed the share of trafficked children was 5 percentage points higher than recorded in the previous report, which used data from between 2007 and 2010. Click here to read more…

Emily Grant Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2014 – IIECL

October 25, 2014

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 up to five Emily grants in the fall of 2014. Applications are due by midnight November 25, 2014. Click here to read more…

Global: Child Labor Activist Wins 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – IIECL

We are so very proud of Kailash Satyarthi for being selected for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. It honors his dedication and achievement to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in India and around the world. It is an honor to know him and work with him in this effort.

Kailash Satyarthi (born on January 11, 1954) is a human rights activist from India who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980 when he gave up a lucrative career as an Electrical Engineer for initiating crusade against Child Servitude. As a grassroots activist, he has led the rescue of over 78,500 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor,which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions.

As an analytical thinker, he made the issue of child labor a human rights issue, not a welfare matter or a charitable cause. He has established that child labor is responsible for the perpetuation of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population explosion and many other social evils. He has also played an important role in linking the fight against child labor with the efforts for achieving ‘Education for All’.


Mr. Satyarthi is a member of a High Level Group formed by UNESCO on Education for All comprising of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads. As one of the rare civil society leaders he has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, International Labor Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO, etc and has been invited to several Parliamentary Hearings and Committees in USA, Germany and UK in the recent past.


As an advocate for quality and meaningful education, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi has addressed some of the biggest worldwide congregations of Workers and Teachers Congresses, Christian Assembly, Students Conferences, etc. as a keynote speaker on the issue of child labor and education.

He has survived numerous attacks on his life during his crusade to end child labor, the most recent being the attack on him and his colleagues while rescuing child slaves from garment sweatshops in Delhi on 17 March 2011. Earlier in 2004 while rescuing children from the clutches of a local circus mafia and the owner of Great Roman Circus, Mr. Satyarthi and his colleagues were brutally attacked. Despite of these attacks and his office being ransacked by anti social elements a number of times in the past his commitment to stand tall for the cause of child slaves has been unwavering.

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.