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... Labor and the Global Village
Child labor is currently considered one of the most pressing global issues. According to the report of the International Labor Association in 2000, the number of children involved in this predicament is 246 million whose ages range from 5 to 17 years. As expected the overwhelming majority of child laborers are found in Asia (61%), Africa (32%), and Latin America (7%). From the aforementioned figure, 171 million are engaged in work that “by its nature is hazardous to their safety, physical or mental health, and moral development.” Furthermore, an estimated 8.4 million children involved in “forced and bonded labor, the use of children and armed conflict, trafficking in chi...