There are 168 million child laborers worldwide. That is almost 15 times the population of children in Canada. 85 million of these children are trafficked into the worst forms of child labour – jobs that are dangerous, dirty and degrading.
These are known as 3D jobs. They include any job where a child is doing work that is likely to be hazardous, to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. This type of work is a form of child slavery.
Of the children in 3D jobs:
- 5% work in agriculture such as fishing, forestry, livestock hearing and commercial farming - 32% are in services such as sex trafficking and tourism, domestic services, food services and housekeeping - 7% are in industry such as sweatshops, factories, mining (for diamonds, gold etc.), brick making and stone quarries.
From 2009 to 2013 we saw a 20% increase in the number of child laborers aged 15 to 17.
Together we have the power to change this. Join us in the fight to end child slavery.
1) You can raise your voice and spread the word. 2) You can put your dollars to work by not supporting child labour. 3) You can shop responsibly and make ethical purchases. 4) You can make a donation or sponsor a child to protect them from child slavery.
Let’s tell the world no child should ever be for sale.