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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 Child labor is child abuse: Implications on children and the economy: Yesterday, today, and hopefully not tomorrow, children have been victims of child labor abusers who seek only profits, and hold no mercy. They have being victims of careless, irresponsible and senseless parents. Imagine a child spending his supposedly fun childhood in factories, farms or mines, drown in sweat and dirt and exposed to hazardous chemicals and machines. Those poor children have no other choice but risking their lives and health for the sake of making a living. It is heartbreaking to see children’s rights taken away from them. Those children could be taken advantage of in child labor market or forced to work in a family business to support their families. Either way they should not be the wall that we lean on. The phenomenon of 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.
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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 where children are expected to contribute to the family’s income. Therefore, it would not be surprising to see children working and handling difficult manual labor. Ultimately, child labor is not only considered exploitative, but it also violates child rights and exposes them to violence and abuse. Hence, child labor should be eliminated worldwide. To begin with, children working in factories, mines, or industries are susceptible to exploitation and thus this issue should be addressed. Child labor abusers are in attempt of CHILD LABOR IS CHILD ABUSE 3 gaining profits, ignorant of the damages that might threaten those children’s lives. Shockingly, in some poor countries children might work above nine or eight hours each day, earning below the minimum wage or even sometimes
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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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