In Pictures: Struggling to end child labour - Al Jazeera English

In Pictures: Struggling to end child labour

With 168 million child workers worldwide the fight to end child labour is far from over.

Al Jazeera | | Human Rights, Child labour, Child rights

There are an estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide many of whom are engaged in dangerous trades or working in hazardous environments. 

And while trends seem to be on the decline, the struggle to end the practice is far from over.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2013 report most child labourers are found in the agricultural sector with lesser numbers in service industries like car repair shops or restaurants. Regionally the highest number of children involved in labour are located in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

More than half of child labourers are employed in hazardous environments that directly endanger their health and development.

While the number of boys involved in extreme forms of labour is higher than girls, global estimates are hard to obtain due to the hidden nature of certain types of work such as prostitution, pornography, slavery and serfdom. 

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