As on every June 12, the World Day Against Child Labour highlights the plight of the millions of children compelled to work, often in hazardous environments and endangering their physical and mental health. On this day Terre des hommes wants to emphasize the extent of a phenomenon it has been fighting for the past 50 years.

What is meant by “€˜child labour”€™?

The 2012 figures of the International Labour Organisation speak for themselves: more than 215 million children labour in the world, 158 million of them between 5 and 14 years old, i.e. one child in six.

Child labour refers to all the children under 12 working in any branch of economic activity and to children between 12 and 14 engaging in activities prejudicial to their health. But the definition also includes the children forced to do the worst forms of work whatever their ages, like enslaved youngsters, compulsorily recruited, subjected to prostitution, victims of trafficking, or compelled to take part in illicit and dangerous activities.

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