Child Labor

Where does child labor mostly happen?

By Dylan Connelly

A new report by risk analysis firm Maplecroft, which ranks 197 countries, identifies Eritrea, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Yemen as the 10 places where child labor is most prevalent. Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in the forced mining of gold, tin ore (cassiterite), tantalum ore (coltan), and tungsten ore (wolframite), and are used in armed conflict, which means that they are used for wars. In china, about 7.74% of children aged from 10 to 15 were working in 2010. Poverty is the main reason children are sent to work.---

What types of teen activists are there?

By Grace Sheridan

Well there are many different types of teen activists. There are climate change activists, like Greta Thuneberg. She’s a 17 year old teen activist. She is also an advocate for the disabled. She tries to make climate change get into people’s heads that this is real, and we have to do something. There’s also people who advocate for girls' education. Take Malala Yousafzai for example. Her story is one to be told. She was shot by a group of terrorists because of what she believed in. When she was shot, people actually started seeing her, like A LOT. She already had the world's attention, but that attack is what made Malala famous for what she was doing. Giving girls education. There are many different teen activists, and you could be one of them.

Different types of labor and what they are linked to

By Olivia Fitts

Most of us think of child labor as kids who work. Simple. But there is so much more behind the word child labor then most of us think. Actually, there are different types of labor.

First, we have the sweatshop labor. That is when a factory has kids working in rows of a warehouse. They work there all day for up to 15 hours. That is usually linked to the child's family not having enough money to get them an education, or the money to be support both them and their child, so the kid or kids must work.

Secondly, there is armed services. Kids in Africa all the time are put in the army to fight in military. Again, this is mostly linked to poverty, or the family not having enough to support themselves. That is why the child is put into the military.

But there is also another situation where children are forcefully put into labor. It is linked to child trafficking. Child trafficking is when children are kidnapped and sold, traded, or advertised. They are usually put to work, like domestic service, which also leads to mental, physical, and sexual abuse. However, this could happen to any human being, even adults, in which case it would just be called trafficking. Child and regular trafficking is very common. Child trafficking is in every region of the world and there are estimated 1.2 million kids trafficked every single year. So it turns out, not all kids are too poor to work and get educated. Even worse, they are actually forcefully stolen from their families without permission and sold or advertised on the black market. And a portion of those kids are put to work, or forced into child labor.

-Maki, 2012

-University of Iowa (date not listed)