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                          By: Jackson Leach

Child Labor

Introduction: What Is Child Labor?                                                                                             Chapter One: Where Is Child Labor?                                                                                           Chapter Two: A Day In The Life of Child Labor.                                                                                                                                                   Chapter Three: What children Have Done To Stop Child Labor.

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Chapter 1:Chapter 3: 


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 Child Labor

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What is child labor? Child labor is the use of children in industry or business. It is very dangerous to kids and their health. Some of these vary from working in mines to working in rug and carpet factories. These kids go to bed at 7:00 am and they are up at 4:00 pm. That's 9 hours of sleep. If you go to bed at 8:00 pm and wake up at 7:00 am you got eleven hours of sleep. Imagine back when you were in first or second grade if you had to be outside working or in a small room chained to a loom forced to work. If you made a mistake or tried to escape, you would be beaten. They want to keep you small, so they don't give you food or water. There is barely any light. It makes you appreciate school a lot more, doesn't it?

As of 2013 168 million children worldwide are being engaged in child labor. 85 million are engaged in hazardous work like working in the mines. The Sub Saharan African region has the highest number of child laborers in the world. About 59 million child laborers in 2012. In Ethiopia, about sixty percent are engaged in some type of child labor. Many of the kids work in the mining industry that poses some of the biggest dangers for child laborers.

Chapter One

Where is Child Labor?


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Chapter Two A Day
In The Life

Of Child Labor






                                                                and have no family to go home to. Another scenario is the the child goes out and works, but the family takes the child's money as part of the family's income. If your parent is sick or cant go to work, some children have to "stand in" for them which means they go to work for them. Also, these kids don't get to have fun and play like you because they are always working. On holidays when they get the day off, they sleep to get energy.

Some children work for rug and carpet industries. These children are chained to the loom and have to tie tiny knots and if they make mistakes, they are beaten and tortured. They get barely any food or water because the industry wants to keep them small, so they can work for them longer. Some of these kids were sold to the business by their parents so when their day ends, they don't go home. Thus, they live there at the industry

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Another job in child labor is working in the tobacco fields. This is just collecting tobacco leaves. Some children working in the tabacco fields suffer from health problems. They have poor nutrition and can stunt their growth.

A Day In The Life Of Child Labor

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A Day In Life Of Child Labor 




Last but definitly not least workig in the mines. This is the most dangerous of all of the jobs I have told you about. Kids and some times families with kids have to go into the mines to get rock and special stone. This is also dangerous because when kids are working inside the mine, they can collapse, and they can get stuck and die. This can also hurt their lungs very badly.

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One of the biggest activists against Child Labor was Iqbal Malish. He was born in Pakistan in 1983. No one really knows his date of birth. When he was four, his parents sold him to the rug and carpet industry for the equivalent of twelve U.S. dollars. Just as I explained before he was chained to the loom, got very little food or water ,and if he or someone else made a mistake, they would be beaten. When he was ten years old, he escaped the factory. He completed six years worth of school in two years, and his dream was for everyone to go to school. 


Chapter Three What Children Have Done To Stop Child Labor

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Iqbal wanted everyone to know his dream. "Children should have pens in their hands not tools," he once said. He spoke out about child labor and slavery all over the world. He would speak to children and adults . Iqbal was a hero. He spoke to people all around the world, and when he had to leave to go back to Pakistan he knew he was in danger because when he started speaking out, the carpet industries started losing money. When he was asked why he was going back, he simply responded "I have to finish what I have started." Iqbal was shot and killed outside of his grandmother's house on April 16, 1996.

What Children Have Done To Stop Child Labor

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What Children Have Done To Stop Child Labor 

After Iqbal was killed the "School for iqbal" campaign was started. Money was raised to build schools in places where kids did not get to go to school like Pakistan. Ten years after Iqbal's death, they were able to raise enough money to build eight schools  in countries all over the world.

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Jackson Leach is twelve years old. He lives in Farmingdale, Maine. He is in sixth grade and goes to Hall-Dale Middle School. He plays basketball,baseball and soccer. His favorite subject is social studies.

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