What exactly is child labor and
where is it most prevalent?
Child labor is included in our everyday lives. Child labor affects economies, businesses,
but more importantly, children. Child labor is very common outside of the United States.
Child labor is prevalent in 198 countries currently. It is most common in Africa, but occurs
in other countries such as China, India, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan.
Child labor is extremely dangerous. Business owners who practice child labor often abuse
the children. Working conditions are not regulated. Children are overworked and
An Introduction to Child Labor
Why Should We Care?
We should care because
several known brands promote and
participate in child labor. We should
listen and be informed so we do not buy from
brands that produce their goods in this way.
We should also care because innocent
children are being put in serious danger, they
are being overworked, and they are being
What is the history
behind child labor?
Child labor had always existed, but it was
amplified by the Industrial Revolution. Child labor
affected poverty populations due to children being unable
to attend school because they were working. The Great
Depression was also a main cause for child labor
becoming more popular. Children's tiny size appealed to
employers because their size made it easier to do factory
jobs that were difficult for adults.
Child labor began as early as the colonies.
In 1900, 18% of all American workers were
younger than 16. Immigration also led to
the growing popularity of child labor. 19th century
reformers and labor organizers helped shed
light on this issue. They wanted to end child labor.
Educational reformers went against child labor and protested
that a primary school education was necessary for all children.
Although laws were passed, there were loopholes in the
system that employers got around. School attendance and
minimum wage became mandatory. The National Child Labor
Committee was established in 1904. From 1902-1915, the progressive
reform movement was in full swing. Child labor committees wanted to
put an end to child labor through passing state legislatures. The
Supreme Court declared child labor laws were unconstitutional. States
did not want to ratify laws against child labor. People involved included
agriculture employers, the economy, states, Congress, the government,
This is our call to action. We do not have much time left to save these children. We need to break the chain
of child labor that has gone on far too long, since before the Industrial Revolution. Children
are not getting an education but are instead being overworked and underpaid.
“2021: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.”
Child Labour: 2021: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour,
15 Jan. 2021,
"2021: Child Labor- Laws and Definitions."
"Statistics and Perspectives of Child Labor." 12 May 2021,
What Does Success Look Like?
Success looks like terminating child labor
and stabilizing developing countries'
economies. Success will be achieved by
intensifying punishments and laws. Sadly,
success may take centuries to achieve.
But, with hard work and dedication, we can
save all children from child labor over time.
The United States aims to abolish child
labor by 2025, but it is simply unrealistic.
Child labor is difficult to track.
Therefore, it will take time to shut down
each business that participates.