ILO: 17 Million Children Engaged in Child Labor in South Asia

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Sourcing Journal reports that nearly 17 million children between ages five and 17 are engaged in child labor in South Asia — one in five of which are 11 years old or younger.

“Millions of children across South Asia are trapped in child labour and millions more are missing from education, so the need for a massive and sustained response is urgent and critical,” said Sherin Khan, senior child labor specialist at the ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia. “The report points to multiple child labour hotspots that must be addressed urgently, by integrating action against child labour into a much wider range of policies, action and reporting systems. We also need to find better ways to measure the problem, so countries can use that information to plan better solutions.”

Read the entire Sourcing Journal article here.