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Running head: CHILD LABOR IS CHILD ABUSE 1 Child Labor is Child Abuse: Implications on Children and the Economy Lamya Mahmoud
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CHILD LABOR IS CHILD ABUSE 2 Implications of Child Labor on Children and the Economy: Yesterday, today, and hopefully not tomorrow, children have being victims of the global market which seeks only profits, and holds no mercy. Imagine a child spending his, supposed-to-be fun, childhood in a farm or in a factory,drown in dirt and sweat, looking sickly pale and unhealthy. On the other hand, imagine a child enjoying his childhood secured, nurtured and looking really healthy. It is very heartbreaking to see a child not given his rights as a child and instead, they are taken advantage of and humiliated. Whether these children are exploited in global markets, since they are more profitable, or if they are obliged to work in a family business to support their families, those children shouldn’t be the wall that we lean on. Child labor initially appeared in the South, though debates were advocated by the West. Much of these debates were settled to protect the future generations and to guarantee a better life for our children. Despite the fact that minimum age laws were imposed to specify a certain age for children to work, child labor continues to rise. Especially in poor countries because children are ought to help in contributing to the family’s income. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising to see children working in, for example, a farm and handling tough tasks. Ultimately, child labor is not only considered exploitative, but it sort of violates children’s right and exposes them to violence and abuse. Hence, something should be done to protect them.
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Children working in factories, mines, or industries are vulnerable to exploitation. The labor market tries the best it can to gain profits, reckless of the damage it might CHILD LABOR IS CHILD ABUSE 3 cause to these children laborers. In some poor countries children might work more than eight
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2010 for the course WRI WRI 102 taught by Professor Najla during the Spring '10 term at American University in Bulgaria.

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