Statistics

One in six children is involved in child labor.
246 million children in the world are child laborers.
73 million working children are less than 10 years old.
There are 2.5 million working children in the developed economies, and another 2.5 million in transition economies.
Every year, 22,000 children die in work related accidents.

The largest number of working children –
127 million age 14 and under are in the
Asia-Pacific region.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest proportion
of working children: nearly one-third of
children age 14 and under (48 million
children).


Most children work in the informal sector without legal or regulatory protection:
-70% in agriculture, commercial hunting and fishing or forestry;
-8% in manufacturing;
-8% in wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels;
-7% in community, social and personal service, such as domestic work.
-8.4 million children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities.
1.2 million of these children have been trafficked

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