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WORLD
June 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
An estimated 10 million children worldwide are forced to work in slave-like conditions as domestic servants in private homes, the U.N.'s labor agency said Thursday. The International Labor Organization said in a new report that in parts of West Africa, Central America and Asia, thousands of girls as young as 8 work 15 or more hours a day, seven days a week, for little or no pay.
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BUSINESS
November 12, 1996 | From Associated Press
From the brothels of Asia to the construction sites of Egypt, nearly twice as many children are working full time in developing countries as previously thought, the International Labor Organization said Monday. The latest calculations from the U.N. labor agency based in Geneva showed that 250 million 5- to 14-year-olds are employed--half of them full time--up sharply from earlier estimates of 73 million. The new figures come after in-depth surveys and interviews in numerous countries.
NEWS
September 6, 1992 | ANNE C. ROARK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifty years after child labor laws were enacted in the United States, America's children continue to be exploited, injured and sometimes killed in jobs, according to a report released Saturday. An estimated 5.5 million children between ages 12 and 17 were working in 1990, many for long hours under dangerous conditions, said the National Safe Workplace Institute, a private research and education organization in Chicago.
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | From Reuters
In a rare expose, a newspaper considered the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party shed light Saturday on the widespread problem of child labor. The newspaper, the People's Daily, gave examples of neglect, cruelty and indifference among young workers laboring for a pittance in China's factories. Among them: Cheng Hongli, 15, lost the tip of an index finger at work at a private factory in the northeastern city of Shenyang, the newspaper said. It did not say when the accident happened.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nike Inc. of Beaverton, Ore., and Reebok International Ltd. of Stoughton, Mass., joined several other sporting goods companies in forming a campaign to stop the exploitation of Pakistani children who stitch soccer balls. The World Federation of the Sports Goods Industry and the American-based Sporting Goods Manufacturing Assn. pledged that major companies will buy soccer balls produced in Pakistan only if they were not made by children.
NEWS
April 4, 1990 | BOB BAKER, TIMES LABOR WRITER
In an effort to keep public attention focused on the issue of child labor-law violations, the Labor Department on Tuesday released the identities of the first 170 businesses investigated in the wake of a three-day, nationwide sweep of 3,776 employers last month. Normally, the identities of companies fined by the department for violations of its employment-standards rules are not disclosed until the employer has a chance to appeal to an administrative law judge.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2007 | From Reuters
Beijing Olympics organizers vowed Monday to come down hard on any cases of children being used to produce merchandise for the Games after a report accused factories of "gross exploitation." The report by the Playfair Alliance, released in London, said children as young as 12 were involved in packaging licensed products for next year's Games at a factory in southern China.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, will pay $135,540 to settle federal charges that it broke child labor laws, the Labor Department said. The 24 violations, which occurred at stores in Arkansas, Connecticut and New Hampshire, had to do with teenage workers who used hazardous equipment such as a chain saw, paper balers and forklifts. Wal-Mart denied the allegations but agreed to pay the penalty. Child labor laws prohibit anyone under 18 from operating hazardous equipment.
OPINION
May 18, 2005
Re "China's Use of Child Labor Emerges From the Shadows," May 13: A country that makes laws against child labor and doesn't enforce them is inexcusable. A country that bleeds its children for greater position in the international world creates a consumptive and greedy society. China is not alone in using children for inhumane purposes, but it is deeply two-faced about it, claiming to prevent child labor and not enforcing the law. I cannot buy products from China when I know children suffered to make them.
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