Geneva – The International Labor Organization is calling for the elimination of child labor, which victimizes tens of millions of children in all regions of the world. The call came from Geneva, where special events marking the World Day Against Child Labor were held Wednesday.
Children as young as five are among the 152 million victims of child labor. Many of them work long hours, for little or no pay, under abusive, slave-like conditions. The International Labor Organization reports nearly half of them work in hazardous child labor, which exposes them to unhealthy and dangerous conditions.
It says the majority work in agriculture. Other areas of hazardous work include mining, construction, fishing and domestic service. Beate Andrees, Chief of the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, told VOA children trapped in the worst forms of child labor, such as debt bondage and prostitution, suffer irreparable physical and psychological harm.