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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Department of Labor Releases Child Labor Report

This morning via email list serve notice I received the following article, "Department of Labor Releases List of Slave-Made Goods"

Embedded in the article is the link to the 194 page Labor Department report.

Somehow I cannot help but think while immersing myself in full-time Child Development classes that somehow the new buzz word to be "culturally sensitive" to other culture's child rearing practices misses the mark in such a way that these child development specialists seem to live on an entirely different planet. (I'm referring to the practice of child labor, not other cultural differences in child rearing)

Those of us who live in "developed" countries have the luxury, and yes I do call it a luxury, to raise our children in comfort according to our means. Families in other countries do not have this luxury. For mere survival they must put their children to work while our children and we ourselves could very well be enjoying the products of their labor unknowingly.

If anyone is reading here has any information concerning third-world countries who have been able to abolish child labor successfully and how they did this without dire consequences to the families who depended on their children working, your input would be much appreciated.

In THIS video, one in seven children worldwide are working, focusing on children mining in Africa.

Child labor and chocolate in the Ivory Coast which produces 40% of the world's production of cacao. View HERE.

"Tanzania's Child Labor" (child miners searching for the rare gem tanzanite). One boy shown was lucky enough to leave the mines to be trained as a mechanic-STILL child labor.

Beyond any words, "Nepalese Child Labor and Prostitution"

There are many more videos on child labor available on google video and youtube.

These children are ours in humanity to protect.

In addition, my fellow Palestine Blogs blogger, Haitham Sabbah, has a post on this issue concerning Jordan being on the list for "forced labor" in the garment industry.  Read that post HERE.

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