Cambodian government bans child labour in brick kilns

Under new ministerial regulations, employing minors becomes a crime. On 9 March, a nine-year-old girl lost her arm in a Preah Prasap kiln. For PIME Missionary, "it is necessary to counter the idea that those who do not produce are useless to society."

The Cambodian Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has called on relevant agencies to turn to the Criminal Code to prosecute brick kiln owners who employ child labour.

Under a new directive (dated 5 June 2019), brick kiln owners who hire children can go to jail. The owner of such a place in the southeastern province of Kandal will be among the first to face criminal charges after a nine-year-old girl lost her arm in an accident.

Kilns now have to post clearly visible signs that say that minors are not allowed on the premises. The mere presence of children is tantamount to a criminal offence by owners who fail to keep them out.

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