Clampdown on child labour in developing world to target UK firms

Child labour – both forced and not – involves close to 170 million children around the world, while 45 million people work in conditions of forced labour. Children are most commonly used in agriculture – the cotton, coffee and clothing industries are often pointed to as particular offenders – and in some of the poorer African countries, for example, up to 50% of under-14s will be in some kind of work, usually low-paid.

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