Child labor, the exploitation of children for work, has been a persisting issue throughout history and modern day. Victims of child labor suffer degradation of their physical and mental health as they are forced to sacrifice tiring hours working in unsafe environments for little to no pay. According to the United Nations, about 152 million children, aged 5 to 17, are currently child laborers, with about 73 million doing hazardous work. 48% are below the age of 11. According to UNICEF, in the world’s poorest countries, about 25% of children are involved in child labor. The COVID-19 pandemic only worsens the issue of child labor. The economic crisis created by the pandemic leaves workers desperate for recovery, resulting in longer and more tiring work hours.
This is unacceptable. The numbers are too high. The number of kids in child labor should be zero.