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Issue 3: 1 in 10 children are subjected to child labour worldwide

Updated: Jan 28, 2021


The United Nations estimates that there are currently 152 million children working as child labourers globally, of which 72 million are engaged in hazardous work. The economy has been severely destructed under COVID-19. The International Labour Organisation and UNICEF pointed out that this has led to an increase of at least 0.7% of child labour. With the increase in the number of child labour, more children (5-17 years old) are deprived of their childhood, individual potential, consequently, dignity. Some of them are more engaged in dangerous jobs, which may threaten their physical and mental health. These jobs often exceed reasonable working hours, hindering their access to education and leading negative influences on their development.