A lot of children living in 3rd world countries across the globe are forced to start working at a very young age. This happens due to many reasons. But, hunger and poverty are at the top of the list. When children below the age of 14 work, it is known as child labor. It’s estimated that more than 200 million children around the world are engaged in child labor.
Child labor is a complex problem that violates the fundamental rights of children and affects their psychophysical development. When children are forced to work from such a tender age they miss out on their childhood. They are deprived of education and a good life. They are forced to leave the comfort of their homes and the care of their mothers. More often than not, these children work in very poor conditions and are not even paid the minimum wage. There have been numerous cases of children being beaten up by employers. Which is wrong on so many levels as these small children cannot even defend themselves properly.
This evil practice of child labor needs to end so that children do not lose their innocence at such an early age. Children should be allowed to grow up with proper care and education so that they can make a better life for themselves. There are laws that exist in order to stop this practice but they are ignored most of the time. Laws won’t make a difference until people change. It is in the hands of the people to educate themselves and others around them about child labor and help stop it.