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10 Alarming Facts About Child Labour/Slavery, Including Childhood Killer, A Poem

Updated on July 11, 2013
Child Labour Continues!
Child Labour Continues!

Child Labour?

Ever since I learnt of the alarming reality of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, I have decided to dedicate my time and write a series of hubs, covering the different forms of exploitation which are going on today.

All over the world children are forced to work, robbing them of basic education and proper health. Millions are working in hazardous conditions. An estimate 1.2 million children - both boys and girls- are trafficked each year into exploitative work in agriculture, mining, and factories. Many are enslaved, isolated in domestic service, and traumatized in the commercial sex trade. These children will know only a life of slavery, and may never realise their potential.

I believe the majority of us, cannot begin to connect to the level of suffering victims of child labour experience day after day. I honestly feel sad and utterly helpless and hopefully through my writing and poetry I can create some awareness.

10 Fast Facts About Child Labour:

  1. Today, there are more children enslaved than any time in history.
  2. Most recent report shows: 127 million boys, 88 million girls worldwide are involved in child labour, 74 milion boys and 41 million girls in the worst forms.
  3. Children trafficked into one form of labour may be later sold into another, mainly girls later trafficked into the sex industry.
  4. 300,000 children younger than 18 years old, are trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide.
  5. 30% of children are sold into the sex industry as young as 11 years old, in some horrific cases as young as 8 years old.
  6. Family members living in poverty will often sell their children into slavery. The younger the victim, the more money traffickers & recruiters get.
  7. 13 Million children around the world are victims of human trafficking.
  8. Child labour a major concern in many parts of the world: Asia 153 million, Africa 8 million, including Latin America & Caribbean 17 million.
  9. Some children are forced to weave up to 18 hours a day, often never leaving the factory or loom shed.
  10. Girls are being sold like cattle in domestic servitude. They end up physically, sexually and emotional abused, usually forced to work unpaid.

11 year old boy working in silver pot factory
11 year old boy working in silver pot factory | Source
young girl working in brick factory
young girl working in brick factory | Source

POEM: Childhood Killer

They mean nothing to themselves

No education no alternatives

Sucked into labour activities

Killing by degrees young dreams

Drained small hands and feet

Struggle in the burning heat

Minutes turn to lengthy hours

Night hours blend with daytime

Eye lids like a ton of bricks

Small bodies stop and fall

Mattress more like a sheet

A place to call splendid sleep

Their fate at cheap rates

Dire straits poverty dictates

Forced to work for beans

Treated like machines

Helpless children appear papery

They conform to a life of slavery

A child is not commercial property

It`s no excuse a weak economy

2012 ©MegNezaj. All Rights Reserved.

Support Poetry4Freedom Book Project:

I have written this poem specifically for PoetryForFreedom. If you are a poet and would like to support this project, please visit their page for submission details.

Please Note: They still need poetry focused on: Child Labor, Servitude, Debt Bondage, Restaveks,TRATA de personasom!!

Your poetry will help raise awareness for all forms of Trafficking, Exploitation & Slavery! Please tell your friends about this poetry project to raise awareness against human trafficking. Follow @Poetry4Freedom on Twitter.



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      5 years ago

      its terrible

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      6 years ago from Switzerland

      ThankYou Life Iz Beautiful, appreciate you stopping by and adding your voice to this alarming problem. Regarding EmeraldPoetry, Yes, please do write a poem, I have created the title for the book, and currently going through the poems, I need many more, please share with your friends and family. Blessings to you.

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      6 years ago from India

      Child trafficking is indeed a raw nerve for many third world countries. Whatever be the need or circumstances it is inexcusable for a child to work as an adult. There are rules and laws against child trafficking but its execution in any country is argumentative.

      Great hub. I will try to post a poem in support of poetry for freedom.

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      6 years ago from India

      Child slavery... it is indeed a raw nerve for many third world countries. People justify their actions of subjecting their kids to child slavery as an act of helplessness due to poverty. Whatever the cause is, it is inexcusable for any child to work as an adult. There are rules and laws against child slavery but the degree of its execution is argumentative.

      Great article and poem.

    • pearlmacb profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Switzerland

      Thanks for expressing your concern....there are numerous projects/campaigns helping with this alarming problem, but so much more needs to be done!!!!

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      6 years ago

      The terrible crimes against children are perpetuated in every country of the world, these babies with no voice or anyone to advocate for them. More exposure is needed for their hopeless situation................

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      7 years ago from Switzerland

      I couldn`t agree with you more ImKarn23!! such a sad reality!!

      .....and you wonder where is protection for the children, on a Government level? The children are the Future, they need education and basic needs as children to grow into healthy adults!! :/

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      Karen Silverman 

      7 years ago

      disgusting! i just do NOT understand it! Well...sadly - maybe i do! As the economy sinks and jobs are lost and men lose their sense of control and power - they find it elsewhere, and it's ALWAYS the weak and the voiceless that pay the price..

    • pearlmacb profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Hi Dtauroa, glad the information I have provided was helpful to you.

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      7 years ago

      thank for the research :D i really needed it

    • pearlmacb profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Hi, AbuBackr! Thanks for stopping by. I understand your point of view, but it does not make it right!!

      We are not talking about light jobs to help the family out, many of these children are working adult jobs, 12-18 hours, paid a couple of dollars a month. THIS IS SLAVERY, AND THIS IS NOT OK!!!

      On a side note: I witnessed poverty and the aftermath of the war in Kosovo, many rural children were forced to work in agriculture(family crops)I understand these were desperate times, but the problem improved over time thanks to UN support & policy makers.

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      7 years ago from Bogura, Bangladesh

      its good hub but what you are saying sometime in poor country, like third world country for food you have to work. Its for your survival, its the truth and its real fact. I live among them and i know how it is. How difficult life is. Bring in rich country you can just say all that but reality is different


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