Does anyone want to volunteer to work at my store?
We'll do it!!!
This is where you will work for me and not get paid.
The manager of a clothing store is having trouble finding employees. He goes to a school to see if any students will volunteer to work. These kids happily volunteer because they think this will be very fun.
We're bored!! Can we stop?
I wanna go back to school! :(
These kids are minors because they are all under the age of 16. Even though they are volunteering to work, there are restrictions for the number of hours to work. If they go over, this is considered Child Labor. Child Labor is the use of child industry or business, especially when illegal or considered inhumane.
No! You have to work for me!!
Millions of children around the world are being forced to do physical labor for no pay. Less skilled tasks are given to children because they can get it done faster and it's easier. If you can find a way to get a child attracted to your business, you can easily get them to work for you.
I wanna go home!!
Children doing this dangerous work are taking major risks. Their doing work that their small hands are not supposed to do. Child labor is also cutting a major piece out of their own education. Because they're being forced to work, there is rarely time to focus on school.
Once you are a child being forced to work you never really get out of it. Often times, children get stuck into this position because their family is poor and has trouble with money. If their kid can earn a little bit of money, it can make a difference.
Child labor can start as young as 5 and go all the way up to 17. The manufacturers think, the younger, the better. This way they have the child working for them longer.