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Some types of work make useful, positive contributions to a child's development. Work can help children learn about responsibility and develop particular skills that will benefit themselves and the rest of society. Often, work is a vital source of income that helps to sustain children and their families. Even some organizations of child labour, such as the one Iqbal Masih (a working minor from Pakistan) belongs to, defend part-time work under certain conditions and for certain ages. 


However, we need to persecute and erradicate child labor explotation. Across the world, millions of children do extremely hazardous work in harmful conditions, putting their health, education, personal and social development, and even their lives at risk. These are some of the circumstances they face:


*       Full-time work at a very early age

*       Dangerous workplaces

*       Excessive working hours

*       Psychological, physical and sexual abuse

*       Limited or no pay

*       Work and life on the streets under terrible conditions

*       Inability to escape from the poverty cycle—no access to education


Even in this modern, post-industrialized age, millions of children are exploited methodically. According to UNICEF, 110 million children under 15 work under hazardous conditions. They grow up, their infancy stolen, without freedom of choice nor any possibility to develop their potential. For most of them, life is written in blood, sweat and tears and should be immediately withdrawn from this work.

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