Child Labor Facts

Child Labor Facts

The facts about child labor show that it is a far-reaching and growing problem, especially for children living in poverty. Because children don’t have a voice or a platform, they are extra vulnerable to those who are looking to abuse them. Get the facts about child labor around the world and see how you can make a difference.

Child labor is an especially big issue in developing countries. One of the most astounding facts about child labor is that more than 15% of children between the ages of 5 and 14 in developing countries are involved in some form of child labor.

Compassion is working through its sponsorship programs around the world to change these child labor facts. When you sponsor a child with Compassion, your sponsorship provides a way for him to attend school and also provides basic necessities for his family so he doesn’t have to work.

Learn the facts about child labor. It’s a heartbreaking reality that must be stopped. Then do something to stop it: sponsor a child with Compassion today.

Child Labor Facts
Child Labor Facts Get the facts about child labor and how it affects impoverished children and their families.
  • There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today—more than any other time in history.
  • 218 million children aged 5 - 17 are involved in child labor worldwide.
  • Globally, 1 in 6 children work.
  • Children below the age of 18 years represent between 40 to 50 percent of all forced labor victims.
  • The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that more than two thirds of all child labor is in the agricultural sector. Children in rural areas begin agricultural labor as young as 5-7 years old.
  • 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.
  • The highest numbers of child laborers are in the Asia/Pacific region, where there are 122 million working children.
  • The highest proportion of child laborers is in Sub Saharan Africa, where 26 percent of children (49 million) are involved in work.