The Terrible Toll of Child Labor
WILLS POINT, TX — According to a recent special report, “Child Labor: Not Gone, But Forgotten,” 2.8 million children in forced child labor die annually from work-related injuries.
That is the equivalent to the entire population of Chicago and more than twice as many children as the total population of Dallas.
The in-depth report, published by Gospel for Asia (GFA) on July 9, pulls back the curtain of ignorance that keeps the Western world at large blissfully unaware of one of the worst tragedies of our time.
“It is beyond despicable that an estimated 218 million children as young as 5 years old are employed and that at least 152 million are in forced child labor, according to basic facts about child labor published by the Child Labor Coalition.”
The report expands on the total number of child laborers, informing us that 218 million children, all living in one place, would constitute the fifth-largest country in the world!
As the facts unfold, the plight of these young children becomes nearly incomprehensible.
- Children under the age of 12 perform up to a fourth of all hazardous child labor.
- Almost half of all forced child laborers are between the ages of 5 and 11.
- More than 134 million children in forced labor are in Africa and the region of Asia and the Pacific.
According to the Maplecroft Child Labor Index, the top ten worst countries for child labor are all located in Africa (Chad, the DRC, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Somalia) and South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan).
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