PH, India, and Bangladesh top list of countries with most number of "child labor products"

Agence France Presse (AFP), citing a study by the U.S. government, reports that India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines lead the world in the number of products made by child workers.

Agence France Presse (AFP), citing a study by the U.S. government, reports that India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines lead the world in the number of products made by child workers. The list is called The (U.S.) Department of Labor’s 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor under the Trade and Development Act. (You may download the full list from the agency’s website.)

 

The U.S. Department of Labor said that "some 130 types of goods-from building bricks and soccer balls to pornography and rare ores used in cellphones-involve child labor in 71 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."

 

A rundown of goods produced by child labor, issued alongside the report, revealed the following:

 

In India, children make at least 20 kinds of goods such as bidis, bricks, fireworks, footwear, glass bangles, incense, locks, matches, rice, silk fabric and thread, and soccer balls. The country also led a separate list of products-which include carpets, embroidered textiles, and garments-"made by forced child labor."

 

In Bangladesh, children produced 14 kinds of goods such as bricks, footwear, steel furniture, leather, matches, and textiles including jute.

 

In the Philippines, children are involved in the planting, harvesting and processing of bananas, coconuts, corn, rice, rubber, sugar cane, and tobacco. Pinoy kids also craft  fashion accessories, look for gold nuggets, raise hogs, and work on pyrotechnics. Many are also coerced into pornography.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Monday, October 3, that  it is giving a $15 million grant to the World Vision charity "to address the worst forms of child labor in sugar cane production" in the Philippines.

 

For more on this story, check out the AFP article.

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