Child Labour In China

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According to “From the Sweat of our Children,” “More than 200 million children today are child labourers,” (1). This staggering statistic is true in modern society of today because higher class business owners that want to take advantage of children who are willing to work in brutal conditions for little to no pay. Child labor is taking away millions of children’s rights which include the right to education, right to play, and the right not to be discriminated against. Child labor is an important problem because it is putting the lives of children at risk mentally, physically, and emotionally. Due to the presence of child labor, millions of children’s rights are being taken away from them especially in the countries of China, Pakistan, and…show more content…
Not only are these businessmen/businesswomen taking away the rights bestowed upon these children, but they are also kidnapping them, which is an even greater crime in China. To battle child labor, “China made a political decision to put its children in school, rather than on the work rolls. Similarly, Kerala State, in India, the country most famous for abuse of child labor, has virtually abolished child labor,” (Weissman 1). This establishes that China is trying to give their working children the right to an education in order to suppress child labor. To explain, most of the children that are working in China are often denied a formal education by their parents or work bosses, which in turn causes the children to be lower performing in their society as they grow up. In all, even though China is making an effort to stop the crippling treatment in the workplace towards children by giving them an education, child labor is still on the rise. Although China is one of the most known abusers of child labor, Pakistan is doing many of the same things. Pakistan is another widely known abuser of children through child labor. For starters, Robert Weissman…show more content…
Due to child labor being present in these countries, the children are unable to receive a formal education which in the long run is causing them to be underperforming members of society. Child labor is also causing the children to be mentally, physically, and emotionally scarred for the remainder of their lives. Some of the causes for the children being traumatized include being abused at their workplace or being sold into work by their parents. One of the biggest rights denied to the children, however, is their right to play. Many of the children cannot play due to the long and strenuous 12 to 16 hour work days. From now on, Americans should be more aware of the products that they are buying, and if the product was made in a child laboring country, the consumer should buy an alternative that is not made in a child laboring country, in order for child labor to be abolished once and for
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