Goal to Eliminate Child Labor Running out of Steam


Kapil Kumar, 6, polishes shoes at a makeshift shop on a pavement, on the World Day Against Child Labor in Gauhati, India, 12 Jun, 2010Photo: AP Kapil Kumar, 6, polishes shoes at a makeshift shop on a pavement, on the World Day Against Child Labor in Gauhati, India, 12 Jun, 2010

The International Labor Organization says progress toward eliminating the worst forms of child labor is slowing down.  To mark the World Day Against Child Labor, the ILO is urging countries to do more to end this abhorrent practice. 

This year’s World Day Against Child Labor coincides with the World Cup in South Africa. But, for millions of children the beautiful game is just a distant dream.

Patrick Quinn is Senior Technical Specialist in ILO’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor.  He says while billions of people are caught up in the excitement of the World Cup, some 215 million children are laboring for survival.

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