Saturday, June 12, 2010

World Day Against Child Labor 2010

Today is
World Day Against Child Labor. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 215 million children engaged in illegal labor, with half being in the worst forms of slave labor. This includes, but is of course not limited to, the sex trade, child soldiering, bonded labor and the illegal drug trade.

Like most forms of child exploitation, illegal child labor is born from the womb of poverty. Many children are forced to work solely for their family or for themselves to survive. Many children will not eat if they don't work. And of course this type of desperation gives greed and evil ample opportunity for the most egregious forms exploitation.

Please let your voice be heard today and everyday for the innocent victims of illegal labor. Please make sure the products you consume are slave labor free. Ask your congressmen to support the Child Protection Compact Act. Please live simply and give whatever you can to legitimate organizations that fight poverty. Inform yourself. There are also many informative and inspiring videos on the
ILO's YouTube page. From all of us at COH, thank you for defending the defenseless. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless. Thank you for fighting for justice for the oppressed and exploited.


  1. Hi,
    What is the source for the photos in this post? I am using one of them and I would like to enter a caption describing where it is happening (the picture of the African girl). Thanks.

  2. Hey Kat!! She is working in a brick kiln, transporting bricks on her head. I am not sure who took the sorry!! Good luck!!

  3. —Photograph by REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw