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Child labour in Asia

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Child labour is very common in countries such as Bangladesh, CambodiaIndia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. About 41 million children work. For children between the ages of 5 and 11, this means they have a paid job for at least one hour per week, or work in the household for over 28 hours a week. Children between the ages of 12 and 14 work in a paid job for at least fourteen hours a week, or work over 28 hours a week in the household. Almost half the working children are girls.

In this programme we target children that do very hard and often also dangerous labour. These include the worst forms of child labour, such as slavery (including heavy household work), the use of children in illegal activities and work that threatens the health and safety of children. We encounter these practices in for example clothing and shoe factories, on rubber and sugar cane plantations, at processors of crustaceans and in the fireworks and entertainment industries.