LABOR: Child Slavery

The I.L.O. issues a grim report

While 162 countries have been celebrating 1979 as the International Year of the Child with fairs, festivals and concerts, the International Labor Organization has been investigating the use of child labor in ten countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia and southern Europe. Last week the I.L.O. submitted its findings to a United Nations working group on slavery. Its report was chilling. It said that more than 55 million children under 15 are currently being exploited as workers, in violation of the minimum age of 15 set by a 1973 I.L.O. convention that has been...

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