Child Labor News

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

Switzerland: IPEC report says that social protection key to fight against child labor – ILO

April 29, 2013

GENEVA– A report by the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), says that social protection policies can play a key role in the fight against child labour, which currently affects some 215 million children worldwide.The World Report on Child Labour: Economic vulnerability, social protection and the fight against child labour, is a new ILO study which reviews relevant research on how different types of social protection measures can help combat child labour. These include cash transfer schemes, social health protection and income security in old age. Click here to read more…


USA: Massachusetts companies have been cited for thousands of child labor violations – Boston Globe


Boston Globe, April 30, 2013 Sixteen-year-olds on the job for more than nine hours straight, and sometimes over 48 hours in a week. Minors operating forklifts and motor vehicles or handling alcoholic beverages. Teenagers working late without adult supervision. Those are some of the charges that have resulted in the state’s levying child-labor law fines against more than 100 companies, including national chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway. In all, employers have racked up 3,550 violations and about $314,000 in civil fines since 2007, when the state began issuing citations. Child-labor laws in Massachusetts were tightened then following on-the-job deaths of several teenagers, including a 16-year-old who was killed after¬ losing control of a golf cart at a Salem country club. Click here to read more…


USA: Study Sheds Light on Child Labor Law Violations and Deaths in NC – WVA University

April 28, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A recently published study by a researcher in the West Virginia University School of Public Health found that more than half of young worker deaths in North Carolina resulted from employers violating the child labor laws.

“This is in line with prior work we have done on child labor violations on a national level,” said Kimberly Rauscher, M.A., Sc.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor in the WVU Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences and faculty affiliate with the WVU Injury Control Research Center. “From our prior results, we estimate that annually as many as 888,000 youth may be employed in violation of the Hazardous Occupations Orders, the laws that limit the types of jobs and tasks that youth under age 18 can perform.” Click here to read more…


USA: Funding Available for Child Labor Reduction Project in Morocco – USDOL

April 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 17 — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management has announced that it expects to award a discretionary cooperative agreement grant to support efforts to reduce child labor among Moroccan youth through the provision of education services and assistance to youth of legal working age to secure decent work in rural and peri-urban areas. There is no award amount specified for this funding opportunity. This funding opportunity is open to any commercial, international, educational, or non-profit organization capable of successfully reducing children’s participation in child labor and promoting labor rights in Morocco.  Click here to read more…


CAR: UN Reports CAR Groups Still Recruiting Child Soldiers – Voice of America

April 12, 2013

The United Nations Children’s Fund reports that armed groups in the Central African Republic are continuing to recruit child soldiers. UNICEF condemns this practice, calling it a grave violation of international law.

The U.N. Children’s Fund is calling for an immediate stop to the recruitment of child soldiers by armed groups in the Central African Republic. UNICEF is warning leaders they will be held responsible for this practice, which is a breach of international law.

The agency says the CAR has a history of recruiting child soldiers. It says before fighting began between the government and Seleka rebels in December, more than 2,000 boys and girls were associated with armed groups. It adds both sides in the conflict were recruiting children Click here to read more…


Mexico: Human Rights and Child Labour – GMACL


Kailash Satyarthi, Global March Against Child Labour (India), presents statement about Human Rights and Child Labour in Mexico. Let me first applaud the leadership of Telephonica in the fight against
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Russia: Features of Regulation of Child Labor in Russia and Germany (Article) – SSRN

April 11, 2013

The article deals with the specifics of the juveniles’ labor rights in the Russian Federation. Complex comparative legal analysis of the rights of minors to wor.
papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2247367


Nigeria: Police in Abia arrest 7 child-trafficking suspects – Daily Post

April 9, 2013

The police in Abia arrested no fewer than seven child-trafficking suspects in the last one month, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Tilli, said in Umuahia on Monday. Tilli said that the suspects were apprehended between March 4 and April 2. The most shocking is one man who sold his six-month-old son to get a visa to Greece. 

The Abia State police command has expressed concern over the high rate of child trafficking in the state.

The alarm is coming at a time the command arrested one Mr. Onyekachi Ekwelum, who allegedly sold his six-month-old son to raise funds to process his travel documents.

The commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Usman Abubakar Tilli, who disclosed this to journalists said the suspect would be appearing before a magistrate in court to defend his action.

The suspect, allegedly hatched and executed the act without the consent of the wife, but the lid was blown off by his 20-year-old spouse, Ozioma when she could not find their son and reported the matter to the police. Prior to the incident, her husband had wanted to travel to Greece. It was gathered that the police mounted a manhunt that led to the rescue of the child and the apprehension of the suspects.

The Commissioner recalled that on March 4 this year, one Mr Chidiebere Samuel of Ovungwu in IsialaNgwa south Local government area and his wife Odinaka Samuel connived with a nurse Monica Benjamin who delivered her baby girl and sold the child at N150, 000.

He described such acts as inhuman, stating that the suspects in the criminal transaction have been apprehended and charged to an Umuahia Magistrate court. In another development, he also disclosed that a one Mr. Oluchukwu Ogidi from Amoji Isiala Ngwa North Local Government reported that his wife Kelechi on March 16 connived with one Dr Williams Oruwa who delivered her baby and sold the newborn baby boy for N350. The commissioner further disclosed that the suspects had since been arrested and charged to court.

He said that on the course of investigation three pregnant women allegedly harboured by the suspect possibly to have their babies sold after delivery were discovered.