Child Slavery

What Are Child Slavery Facts?

Even today, child slavery remains a global issue. Here are some child slavery facts:

  • 152 million children—roughly 1 in 10 children worldwide—between 5-17 years old are victims of child labor.1
  • Children 12 years old and younger perform one-quarter of all child labor worldwide.1
  • 32% of child laborers no longer attend school.1
  • Approximately 374 million children laborers get sick or injured while working annually.1
  • An estimated 2.78 million children laborers die annually.1
  • Child slavery occurs worldwide, but it is the worst in countries like Bangladesh, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia.2
  • Children are in bondage on cocoa farms, in brick kilns, in cobalt mines and in the fishing industry.3

Most child labor and child slavery occurs in territories or countries with extremely low Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.4 Thus, countries with extreme poverty often demonstrate high levels of child labor. Communities can experience poverty for many reasons, including the following:

  • Natural disasters— Natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, famines or droughts can kill crops and animals, level homes and devastate entire communities.
  • Prejudice — Racial or religious prejudices can create generational poverty for specific religious or ethnic groups.
  • Lack of education — Many people cannot obtain well-paying jobs to provide for their families because they did not complete school. These individuals typically work in fields, mines, farms or other manual labor jobs that pay poorly.
  • Violence — Extended war and genocide deplete community resources, which inhibits workers from providing for their families.

Every child in slavery has a unique story of how their work has affected them and their families. Some children could not attend school. Some children could not see their families for multiple years.

Since 1979, GFA World has served impoverished communities, showing Christ’s love in practical ways to people in need. One avenue through which GFA World has done this is through its child sponsorship program, which helps to protect children from working in unsafe conditions in Africa and Asia. Through child sponsorship, children and their families receive essentials according to the specific needs of their community such as nutritious food, educational support, clean water, medical care and more. This support relieves the financial pressure from families so their children can be fed and remain in school. When children stay in school, they build confidence and have new opportunities to learn, grow and hope. Moreover, attending school offers children opportunities beyond the low-income jobs accessible to them without schooling.

Will you become a child sponsor? For $35 a month, you can help a child, their family and their community break the cycle of poverty. Through your sponsorship, children feel loved, wanted and hopeful, and they and have the opportunity to experience God’s love firsthand.

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Learn more about child slavery

1 “Global Estimates of Child Labour.” International Labour Office.—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_575499.pdf. 2017.
2 “Worst Countries for Child Labor.” World Atlas. 15 January 2019.
3 “Child Labor: Not Gone, But Forgotten.” GFA World. 9 July 2019.
4 Edmonds, Eric and Nina Pavcnik. “Does Globalization Increase Child Labor? Evidence from Vietnam.” National Bureau of Economic Research. ​​ February 2002.