Kids in Crisis FAQs

Countries with Child Labor

Child labor is a critical problem around the world, but there are certain countries with more child labor than others. It is important to remember that statistics concerning child labor are difficult to gauge.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a substantial issue in many parts of the world. In 2018, a UNICEF report estimated there were 650 million child brides worldwide. That statistic includes girls under the age of 18 who were already married and adult women who married in childhood.

Child Slavery

Child slavery today is the worst form of child labor. Child labor does not include household chores or tasks to help the child’s family; it is work that interferes with their school attendance and performance and their physical and emotional development.

Causes of Child Labor

The causes of child labor can vary, and views on the matter can contrast significantly based on one’s perspective: a family needing money, compelled to have their children contribute to the family income, will be vastly different than that of the industry using child labor.

Child Labor Examples

The Child Labor Coalition estimates 218 million children, some as young as 5 years old, are in child labor with at least 152 million of those in forced child labor. There are many child labor examples in various workforces, including the fishing, fashion and mining industries.

Child Labor in the Fashion Industry

Child labor in the fashion industry is hidden from the consumer, because it’s buried in the textile and garment supply chain well before someone pulls out a credit card for that new pair of jeans, but that doesn’t negate its harmful effects.

Child Exploitation

Every industry needs workers in various positions to turn the economic wheel of supply and demand. But what if this economic wheel is made up of millions of tiny hands that should be holding a pencil in a schoolroom instead of a shovel in a mine? This is child exploitation at its essence, and it is insidiously interwoven into our economies.

Girls’ Education

Education builds confidence in girls and offers them opportunities to learn, grow and hope. If girls can graduate from secondary school, that increases their chances of working jobs with better pay than their parents and even looking for greater opportunities. Girls’ education increases their future income, prevents child marriage and decreases their mortality rate.