Skip to site content

Child Labor

Most of us think child labor trafficking happens in third-world countries. That’s true but it also happens in the U.S., so we need to be aware of situations that don’t “feel right” and report them. Here are 3 steps you can take. […] Read More

You may not be able to be 100% certain that every purchase you make is free of child exploitation or trafficking, but you can begin to make a difference by showing companies adding to the problem that you will buy with a purpose. […] Read More

Child labor trafficking goes on all around us. If a child says he or she is being forced to work for little or no pay or is in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, we must be ready to take steps to ensure their safety. […] Read More

More than two-thirds of the world’s children work in conditions categorized as “child labor,” with many products on the international marketplace produced by child laborers, two government reports say. […] Read More

The supply chain ethics of 20 leading electronics and jewelry companies were ranked based on conflict-free mineral sourcing from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an Enough Project report released on Nov. 16. Conflict-free minerals, the report explained, “do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups, including state military units from Congo […] Read More

Expanding access to quality education is a vital part of the effort to end child labor, according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) report released Nov. 13. “Getting children off to a good start through appropriate early childhood development, care and pre-primary education programs is one of the most important strategies for ensuring that children […] Read More

“How much do you know about your favorite cotton T-shirt’s journey to your closet?” This question opened the Department of Labor’s annual “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report released last week, emphasizing the importance of monitoring supply chains to ensure that consumers do not unknowingly support worker exploitation and child labor through […] Read More

There are currently 40.3 million people enslaved globally and 151.6 million children subjected to child labor. These were key figures from two new reports – one on modern slavery and one on child labor – published Sept. 19 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF), in partnership with the International […] Read More

Her name was Iesha. We met on a train leaving the airport. It was her bright eyes and wide smile that drew my attention. We discussed her excitement about entering high school and that it meant that she got to take a break from working. We joked about after-school jobs and what she would spend […] Read More

Beyond beginning with the letter B, what do bricks, blueberries, bangles, beets, beans, bananas, beef, broccoli, brassware and bamboo have in common? Their tragic commonality is that they are among the numerous goods produced by worldwide child labor. Despite being in violation of international standards set forth under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of […] Read More