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World Day Against Child Labor

Today we take a moment to remember that children should play sing, and laugh.  Children need to be protected from the plight of forced, exploitative labor and be given equal human rights.

June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor, a chance to raise awareness and use your voice to help eradicate child labor around the world.  The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that the most recent estimates suggest 127 million boys and 88 million girls are involved in child labour with 74 million boys and 41 million girls in the worst forms. When a child is forced to work, they lose out on an education, have increased risk of disease and injury and most of all, they miss out on being a child.

To honor the day, talk to your friends.  Share  about Child Labor and what can be done to end it.  Here are some things that you can do.

  1. Let your money speak.  Try to purchase products that are made without child or forced labor.  This can be difficult and overwhelming, but every small action makes a difference.  You can use this map to find products made around the world without child or forced labor.  Food is a great place to start.
  2. Tell Congress they need to support legislation that helps stop child and forced labor.  Call your Senators and tell them to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA)
  3. Pray for the exploited child.  Prayer is our strongest tool to make change in the world.

Every child deserves a childhood.  Use this day as an opportunity to speak out for the 127 million children who may miss out on the chance to simply play, sing and laugh.

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