Around 260 million children are in employment around the world, according to the International Labour Organisation. Of them, the
ILO estimates that 170 million are engaged in child labour, defined by the UN as “work for which the child is either too young –
work done below the required minimum age – or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is altogether
considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited”.
Child labour is forbidden by law in most countries but continues to be rife in some of the poorest parts of the world.
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