The Stigma Behind Child Labor Essay

1102 Words null Page
In the late 1700s and 1800s, factories started springing up around the United States as industrialization began to flourish. In their search for cheaper labor, factory owners turned to the most viable solution: children. With their endless energy and malleable minds, children were the perfect source of cheap labor, sometimes working 60-70 hour weeks. However, this cruel labor, often without bathroom or lunch breaks, left children ill and unable to attend school, have fun or live a normal life. The United States wasn’t the only country that utilized child labor. For centuries, child labor has been ingrained in the culture of various African and Asian communities. The longstanding tradition of children working in these regions brings forth the question: what is the stigma behind child labor, and is it ethical? While some argue its necessity as a preservation of culture and tradition, others dismiss it as an immoral and unjust exploitation of minors. There are multiple perspectives through which this issue will be examined in the following essay, including the ILO, an Indian politician, UNICEF, and Guatemalan families.
There is no universally recognized definition of child labor. The term is broadly defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their dignity and their potential. This can include various types of labor, from working in coal mines in Chile to serving in the Burmese army. According to the International Labor Organization, “child labor”…

Related Documents