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A new report from risk analysis firm Maplecroft shows that child labor is still a huge problem in many countries today. The report, which ranks a total of 197 countries, shows that child labor is most prominent in Eritrea, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Yemen. Most of these countries have high poverty rates, which are thought to contribute to child labor issues, as families in these areas tend to depend on children supplementing their income. Although as CNN points out, the report also notes that even some economically stable countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil have more child labor than you’d think — due to shady, poorly enforced child labor laws. You may wonder why this affects you if you don’t live in one of these countries, and it’s easy to in fact forget child labor even exists in places like America, but child labor affects us all as global citizens. Many imported products people in America and other countries enjoy are made by the tiny hands of children. For example, many chocolate companies still use child labor, which is a great reason to rethink which companies you support. On another scary and tragic note, children are often recruited as child soldiers by military and rebel groups to perform non-combatant tasks. If you want to help stamp out child labor around the world, there are a number of habits you can take on and organizations you can get involved with. See the links below for more information.
- 15 products made via child labor
- Fewer child laborers still too many
- Child Labor Coalition
- Ending child labor
- Stop forced child labor