Child Labor in China

Child labor in China is not hot-of-the-press news. It has been dated back as far as the ancient times! The government has set official regulations toward minor employment (kids under the age of sixteen). But the just law against child labor has become a passive threat. Many poorer areas of China still hire the minors whom are looking a paying job. Younger children are prized for manufacturing due to the fact that the juveniles’ eyes are yet still undamaged by the untold dangers of child labor.

The parents of the children have almost no option whatsoever about the situation due to the expensive school fees and costly supplements. The parents also know almost nothing about the dangers of sending their children of to work in the “great opportunities” offered to them. The children also gain a particular trait whereas the children become less reluctant, making them vulnerable to drugs. Also, whereas adults know of a least the basic dangers of working in factories, mining, or other laborious work, children happen to be quite oblivious to the risks.

China is too much engrossed and entangled with child labor, it is hard to pinpoint the source of these tragic actions. But what is visible to the naked eye is quite disturbing: much of the child labor happens so due to expensive education systems. A totally twisted concept for the Republic of China, for China’s great scholar, Confucius, believed in education for all. Until China stands corrected, child labor in China will remain. 

China's child labor is a huge problem. Although there is no official number on the number of children working in China, it is estimated by many people that of the 10 million children that drop out of school, over 5 million are working in factories. There are some who even consider this a conservative estimate. It was reported in Sichuan, China's most populated province, that 85% of children who drop out of school are working somewhere. Even in some less populated rural provinces, over 20% of the work force is made up of children. Also, in the last few years, the rate of children kidnapped has increased rapidly. It is believed that the children kidnapped are sold off to factories to work. For example, in 1994, about 48 Chinese brick-shop-workers kidnapped over 100 children. It is known that forty of those children were forced to work 10 hours a day, but with no wage whatsoever. China's child labor cannot be overlooked.