27.10.2014 - Actualité

85 million children are victims of the worst forms of child labour

Exploited in a variety of sectors

Often hidden from view, exploitation covers large sectors like mining and quarry work, agriculture, manufacturing and domestic work. It is often the consequence of numerous factors such as poverty, migration or a lack of opportunities for decent work.
Of the 85 million children exploited, 17 million are employed as domestic servants, often becoming victims of sexual abuse and violence. 1 to 2 million children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, in particular young girls. This is a highly damaging activity from a health and mental development perspective. A large number of exploited children are also exposed to seriously traumatic incidents, to sickness, alcohol and drugs. Moreover, they are often exploited from within the family circle itself by parents, other family members or someone close to them.

The intervention of Terre des hommes

Terre des hommes (Tdh) intervenes in numerous countries to help put a stop to the plague that is child exploitation. The Foundation recommends a preventative approach to help combat this problem, along with offering assistance to both exploited and migrant children.

Tdh is putting preventative measures in place in order to delay children from entering into the labour market. These measures are achieved through workshops that raise awareness among children, their parents and their communities.

For those children already involved in dangerous work, Tdh works together with them, their families, the local communities and employers to raises awareness about the risks involved in the type of work being done. They propose alternative solutions and offer children other opportunities like access to education or professional training. If the working conditions aren’t dangerous, Tdh nevertheless attempts to improve them, as well as improving the overall situation of the child, by identifying solutions along with government services. The organisation most notably proposes training opportunities that children can take part in alongside their daily work.

Within the framework of their project Mobility, Tdh pays particular attention to children who find themselves being exploited after having left home to find work in the city or a neighbouring country. For example, in West Africa the project intervenes in six countries (Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Nigeria) and aims to help close to 15,000 children.

Every year Terre des hommes (Tdh) offers aid to around 90,000 children who are victims of exploitation. Feel free to visit our page dedicated to child labour exploitation.