Worldwide, as many as 168 million children have jobs. They earn a few cents an hour and they simply do not have enough time to go to school and improve their future prospects. Terre des Hommes is committed to millions of children who face the worst forms of child labour. These children are forced to work in plantations, mines, factories, as domestic slaves and as prostitutes. They perform exhausting work for many hours in a row, often in unhealthy and hazardous conditions. The work is physically, psychologically and/or morally harmful for children. Terre des Hommes is committed to millions of children who face the worst forms of child labour.
Poverty often leads to child labour. Parents regard their children as additional sources of income. War, migration and discrimination against minorities also leads to child labour. The common belief is that child labour is ‘normal’. Terre des Hommes fights child labour by:
Child explottation exists all over the world. Terre des Hommes runs programmes to stop child labour in Asia, Africa and South-America.
Child labour comes in many forms. It can be visible or invisible. Many children work at dump sites, cut stones, work in small factories, car workshops or as a carrier in ports or on construction sites. Parents also sent their out to go begging on the streets. Others work as prostitutes or domestic slaves. Terre des Hommes uses the definition of child labour stated in Convention 182 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) about the worst forms of child labour:
(a) all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; (b) the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances; (c) the use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined in the relevant international treaties; (d) work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.