21.09.2017 - News

152 million victims of child labour worldwide

The number of victims of child labour and slavery in the world is increasing according to an alarming new report from the International Labour Organization. Terre des hommes is working alongside other stakeholders to combat this scourge.

Modern slavery is a reality for 10 million children around the world and there are almost 152 million children working, often in appalling conditions. The study published on the 19th September by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation reveals the extent of this phenomenon. Among the victims of child labour, 38% are under the age of 14 and are putting their safety and physical or mental health at risk.

“Large migratory flows linked to the Syrian crisis and climate change are playing a role in intensifying this problem,” analyses Peggy Hermann Ljubicic, manager of our child labour programme. “Many children are exploited after leaving their communities of origin either with their families or alone, fleeing from conflicts and natural disasters, or in search of better living conditions.”

Measures in 19 countries

Terre des hommes fights exploitation in 19 countries and protected 216,000 children last year. We put preventive measures into place with our institutional and civil society partners, and provide alternatives for children who are forced to work. We also strengthen protection systems in order to minimise the risk of exploitation. “However, there remains a lot to be done” notes Peggy Herman, “and this can only happen by working in a more systematic and effective way with all key stakeholders – especially the private sector, to reduce the number of children employed in supply chains.”

Learn more about our work against child slavery in Ecuador.

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