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Child Labor Essay

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Child Labor
Child labor is a significant global issue and an increasing epidemic in many developing and poor countries. It is a very controversial issue because some people believe that it is just pure unethical, while others believe that their children need to work in order to provide for their family. Often times Americans criticize a third world country’s way of life. Just because their culture is very different from ours we automatically assume that it is wrong. In my opinion child labor is not entirely wrong, but it can be unethical. I believe is unethical for children to be working under deplorable and unsafe working conditions. If a child is going to work, they should be treated with basic human rights and equal pay.

Poverty leads many children to work and in some countries it is the only way for some families to survive. These countries often times do not have the necessary education for children ...view middle of the document...

When people find out that multinational companies in American are employing many under aged children in Asia to create a cheep product many think of the sweatshop environments and horrible conditions these children are working in; not so much about the young ages. I believe it is unethical for any human being to work in such conditions. I think there should be global laws to protect children from poor or unsafe working conditions. I also think they should get paid just as much as any adult would for doing the same work. It is the responsibility of the United States retailers to enforce that the work conditions are respectable for the children, and if they are not the retailer can threaten to fire the foreign supplier. It is hard in situations like this to regulate through the government because the governments in third world countries are most likely not going to agree and the courts will probably not pass the bill. Also even if these governments were to agree and place a Child Labor Law, the labor inspection in these countries is often under-funded and it is not promised that the laws will be fully enforced. I believe it is ultimately the retailer’s choice to employ under aged children in different countries. It is also their duty to make sure that the children are working in safe conditions, and if they are not they should not choose to employ that supplier.

Child labor has been an ethical issue in society ever since the Industrial Revolution. I agree that child labor can be unethical, but in developing countries it is all that the children know, and since it is all that they know they aren’t really missing out. If they were not working they would be in a worse position, possibly starving and sleeping in the streets. It is better for children to be working because all of the other options for them our worse. In some countries it is just a way of life and proper education is not even an option. The United States can help by enforcing safe and proper work conditions to the suppliers in these developing countries. All children should be treated like any other working individual regardless of their age.

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