Essay on Child Labor And The Global Economy

1314 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Child labor is most commonly associated with a negative connotation, with elements such as unskilled labor by very young children in very poor conditions. This is true to a certain extent, the labor laws in lesser developed countries are not very child favorable and are different than those in the United States of America. The global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children ( International Labor Organization). In the case of Pakistan, 3.3 million children(between the ages of 5 and 14) are economically active (International Trade 1). Child labor has a role in the global economy. The idea of a child working long hours in conditions is not very ideal and could go against someone 's morals. However, children who are in these conditions are there because they need to make money and help provide for their families, impoverished households who cannot meet their basic needs may depend on the income of their children for survival. It is also arguable that children who are stuck working do not get to enjoy the freedoms of being a child and also lose out on valuable education. Connecting back to poverty, children who are typically in the work force, have families who are not able to afford for them to go to school, making this an invalid point. Organizations should focus more on trying to work alongside child labor, rather than trying to abolish it. Consumers should not be affected by the production of goods…

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