WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA) Special Report on child labour today: Millions of Children Trapped between Extreme Poverty and the Profits of Others
Why Are These Children Working?
Many children work to survive, but it is a combination of perverse incentives and unjust business practices that creates the demand for child labor.
The Families’ Context
Families caught in generational or situational abject poverty are desperate. Some are suffering from the social inequities of the culture in which they live. Others have been displaced by war or famine and have no source of income at all. Either of these exacerbates the situation.
In many cases, the parents are illiterate and have no skills, and whatever jobs they have pay very little. These families are so poor and often in so much debt that they are not likely to recover from either without enlisting their children as breadwinners. They can see no way out of their poverty, so they sacrifice the future (the education and success of their children) on the altar of the immediate (survival now).
Some poor families see artisanal mining and other occupations as their chance to rise above their poverty. In fact, families of children working in the cobalt mines of the DRC have proven to be strongly resistant to efforts to establish or enforce child labor laws…
Source: Gospel for Asia Special Report, Child Labour: Not Gone, but Forgotten
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