More than 100 million kids worldwide work in hazardous jobs
By the CNN Wire Staff
Every minute of every day, a child laborer somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or trauma, the International Labor Organization said Friday.
An estimated 115 million children worldwide work in hazardous jobs, said the U.N. agency in a report issued ahead of the World Day Against Child Labor on Sunday.
That figure represents more than half of the world’s roughly 215 million child laborers, who work in everything from mining and construction to agriculture and manufacturing, the study showed.
“Despite important progress over the last decade, the number of children in child labor worldwide — and particularly in hazardous work — remains high,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement. “Tackling work that jeopardizes the safety health or morals of children must be a common and urgent priority.”