12 June 2011, 06:00 a.m. | International Day Against Child Labour

ILO Report: 'Children in hazardous work - What we know, what we need to do'

A new ILO report on children in hazardous work warns that up to 115 million of the 215 million child labourers are caught in hazardous work. These children are aged between 5 to 17 years old; hazardous factors have a severe impact on their bodies and minds; slowing down their development until late into their teenage years; they have a higher rate of injury and death than adults.

Research has shown that the largest proportion of children in hazardous work, relative to the overall number of children in the region, lives in Sub-Saharan Africa, and that approximately one in three children are engaged in child labour, representing 69 million children. Children living in the poorest households and in rural areas are most likely to be engaged in child labour.

Globally, hazardous work is generally found in ...

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