Child Labour Causes

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China, a high GDP country has one of the largest amounts of people densely packed into multiple cities include Hongkong, Shanghai and Guangzhou. But that 's when they start cutting corners. Recently, a study that was conducted showed that “about 7.74% of children aged from 10 to 15 were working in 2010, and they worked for 6.75 hours per day on average and spent 6.42 hours less per day on study than other children. About 90% of child labourers were still in school and combined economic activity with schooling” (Tang). This accounted for the children who could not get the schooling and therefore get forced into labour. Previously, a study by the U.S State Department Trafficking in Persons Report stated that: “The People’s Republic of China is…show more content…
Many citizens may think that they know about child labour, but from new evidence, the truth is much darker than it seems. Clearly, there are several causes that lead to child labour. The most obvious cause is a shortage of money or lack of access to adequate resources. Due to poverty, some children are forced into work, while others work to improve their family’s living conditions. For a child’s income hugely contributes to the family’s total expenses. Unfortunately, sometimes they use children as a source of income. Another reason that leads to child labour is insufficient money for the school fee and school proximity. A report from the USA Today explains, “China still spends just 2.7% of its gross domestic product on education, less than half of what the United Nations recommends”. At times, schools generate work and study programs, in which, students are encouraged to work and study simultaneously. Sadly, sometimes schools greedily take advantage of this opportunity to gain more…show more content…
Accordingly, this can lead to numerous impacts, from trivial matters to devastating issues. In many cases, children are misused as a medium for cheap labour. They are paid very low wages and are also treated like slaves, such as cruelly punishing them for errors and straining them to work for long periods. As a result, they are not provided with proper health care, which consequently, causes malnutrition in some situations. The Human Rights Watch observes, “In June 2007, 500 middle school children in the western territory of Sichuan were found actively in work for 14 hours in a factory in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, as part of their summer employment. The children were provided with inadequate food and were forced to live in clustered dormitories. This led to health issues. Also, children were charged for production errors”. Another drawback for child labourers is the interference of education. In the future, these children become illiterates and remain behind, which takes away their opportunity of receiving high standard jobs. Hence, it results in a generation of poverty and child

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