Why Is Child Labor Bad

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There is a big international controversy if child labor is good or bad. Dating back to the late 1700’s, child labor has become a huge problem for the safety of children around the world. Children are missing out on the opportunity to learn and be educated because of forced child labor. Furthermore, the conditions that children work in are not safe and are very hazardous to their health and well being. Child labor is not as much of a problem in the United States however, it is a big problem in countries in poverty who think that child labor is a way of life and necessary to support their economy.Throughout the world, child labor is a major problem that many countries face due to poverty and labor laws. The history of child labor, which is…show more content…
has had great efforts to trying to influence child labor around the world to follow labor laws. For instance, Pharis Harvey explained that the“ U.S. efforts to secure the compliance of its trading partners with internationally recognized workers rights is an important element in the drive to end child labor”. The U.S. has even influenced the European Union to consider restricting trade in child- produced goods. Unfortunately not everyone is on board with the idea of ending child labor. Some multinational corporations will close their plants that are in developed countries just so they can open up plants in developing countries to take advantage of the low paid children workers (Harvey). As Madiha nurse put it, “ child labor is an extremely complex phenomenon rooted in various economic , social and cultural characteristic of society in which it exist, it is imperative to study these roots before policies are designed to eliminate child labor”. In other words, child labor has multiple roots to the problem…show more content…
It has become apart of the U.S.’s history and the U.S. is trying to influence other countries to do the same.Child labor keeps students from learning and setting themselves up to a successful future, instead they do not learn and stay stuck in poverty. The conditions that the children are working in are horrendous and a danger to their health. Not only physical health, but their mental health as well can take a toll from the working conditions in which they are working. Families are abusing their children by giving them to “labor contractors” to put their child to work for little pay. Many child workers are taken advantage of all around the world. Overall, child labor should be a priority to stop in other countries and not kept as a “tradition” or stability for development for the country 's economic status. As mentioned by Thomas Scanlon, “The greatest power for change lies in the hands of international policy makers and national governments”
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