AboutEnd Child Exploitation
End Child Exploitation is a UNICEF UK campaign to raise awareness about thegrim realities of child exploitation.This report, the third in the series, exposes the exploitation of children asworkers. Tens of millions of children around the world today work long hoursfrom very young ages. Some are even recruited as cannon fodder for politicalcauses, or are treated as sex toys.Here we explain the nature and scale of the problem and the growinginternational concern to eradicate the worst abuses. The report describes casesfrom around the world of children who start work instead of attending school,of those whose lives are endangered by their work, and of children who aretreated as if they were items to be bought or sold, rather than as humanbeings.It also brings the picture closer to home and looks at the exploitation ofchildren at work in the United Kingdom. It reports on the experiences ofprofessionals involved in the field, and the opinions of British childrenthemselves, gathered in a unique survey. The report also reveals how foreignnational children are brought into the UK specifically to be exploited asworkers, in homes as well as restaurants, factories and farms. It looks at theserious inadequacies of the protection currently available, particularly forchildren brought to the UK especially to be exploited, and recommends actionto be taken.This report also describes some of UNICEF’s current initiatives to advocate forthe rights of the world’s 350 million child and youth workers and to protectthem against abuse at work, as well as pinpointing the action needed to endthe economic exploitation of children.
ContributorsMike DottridgeLiz StuartDesignSally De SouzaPrinterHobbs the Printers LtdPrinted on 80% recycled paper, February 2005
ISBN: 1 871440 34 3Cover photographQuarry workers in Peru – a boy rests from his work, leaning his head on his sledge-hammer, whileanother shovels stones with a spade on a hillside quarry outside Lima, the capital.Credit: UNICEF/HQ96-0946/Alejandro Balaguer