218 million children around the world work, some of them full-time, instead of being in school or playing. They are between the ages of 5 and 17 and more than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.
But what is child labour anyway?
It is considered to be child labour the “work carried out to the detriment and endangerment of a child, in violation of international law and national legislation.” That which “either deprives children of schooling or requires them to assume the dual burden of schooling and work.”
The goal is to end all forms of child labour, such as slavery or practices similar to it, child prostitution or illicit activities as well as “work done by children under the minimum legal age for that type of work, as defined by national legislation in accordance with international standards.”