Importance Of Child Labour In Bangladesh

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Child labor, as defined by the ILO conventions 182 Article 2, pertains to any youth under the age of eighteen. Majority of child labor marginalize children between the ages of five to seventeen. Child labor continues to be a development concern due to its instigation of poverty. The children of developing nations are forced to work with low paying wages, denying them a right to their education and further lowering literacy in the country. Jobs for adults are outsourced because of the abundance of children working for much cheaper and under worst conditions.
The issue exists due to a country’s economic and social condition, that forces a constant cycle. In Bangladesh particularly, a nation in its industrial stage of demographic transition, holds a widely accepted value for child labor. As majority of the social class are more rural, the poorer families tend to have more children due to
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Their futures are jeopardized as well as their health. In most cases the conditions of these factories impede health standards. Children are exposed to disease and violence. They are exploited for their labor, impacting their emotional development. They are denied their basic human rights of education, health, recreation, and are placed in the most vulnerable situations.
In Bangladesh, the country’s economy is run on the garment industry. Becoming the largest source of exports earnings, and in the top ten for garment exports, it is also the largest employer of child labor. The industry boosted the economy and created more opportunities of employment in urban areas. This lead to an increase demand for child laborers, majority of them being girls. Children in this industry are forced to work long working hours, ranging from 10 hours a day for approximately 12 U.S dollars a month. Girls as young as the age of thirteen work 11 hours a day to produce export clothing to the global

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