The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labor as “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development”.
Child labor specifically refers to work, hazardous or not, that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children, and interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, or obliging them to leave school prematurely, or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.
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Entry added: August 30, 2022
Verified on: September 14, 2023
International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)
“Child Labour and Forced Labour Glossary of definitions,” International Cocoa Initiative, February 1, 2022
“Hard to see, harder to count – Survey guidelines to estimate forced labour of adults and children,” International Labour Organization, June 1, 2012
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