Child labour http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/39364/all en Child soldiers increasingly recruited in Syria: charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/child-soldiers-increasingly-recruited-syria-charity-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Children are being increasingly recruited on the frontline in Syria's war, with both sides to the conflict using boys as soldiers and even human shields, a British charity said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Save the Children said in a report marking two years of violence in Syria that two million children were innocent victims of the bloody conflict that the United Nations says has cost at least 70,000 lives.</p> <p>These children were struggling to find enough food to eat and were therefore under constant risk of malnutrition and disease, said the report, adding many were unable to go to school.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/child-soldiers-increasingly-recruited-syria-charity-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ageism Asia Child labour Syria AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:00:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782068 at http://www.globalpost.com Liberian actor sues UNICEF for child abuse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/liberian-actor-sues-unicef-child-abuse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Liberian actor has filed a $25 million lawsuit against UNICEF for alleged child abuse over his starring role aged 13 in a fundraising film as a murderous child soldier who tortures his victims.</p> <p>Mike James, now 28, says he and other cast members have been "stigmatised as rebels, killers, cannibals and drug addicts" after being recruited for the 1997 film "Soldier Boy" and made to act out eating human body parts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/liberian-actor-sues-unicef-child-abuse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Human Interest Peace Technology United Nations AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:46:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796267 at http://www.globalpost.com UN urges Morocco crackdown on child labour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/un-urges-morocco-crackdown-child-labour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN children's fund on Thursday called for "major mobilisation" in Morocco against the phenomenon of child labour after a young house maid died from burns in the southern coastal resort of Agadir.</p> <p>The Moroccan teenager died after suffering serious burns to her hands and face, an NGO said on Tuesday, adding that her employer is in police custody.</p> <p>The case "relates to a girl, aged between 15 and 17, who worked as the house maid of a couple and who died on Sunday," said Omar el-Kindi, president of the NGO Insaf, confirming media reports.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/un-urges-morocco-crackdown-child-labour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Child labour Childhood Human trafficking Labor Law Social Issues AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:46:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796585 at http://www.globalpost.com Campaign to highlight child rights issues in May polls launched in Region 12 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/campaign-highlight-child-rights-issues-may-polls-launched-region-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Child rights advocates in Region 12 have embarked on a campaign to highlight child rights, welfare and protection as among the top issues and concerns that local voters should consider in the upcoming May 13 midterm national and local elections.</p><P>Fanny Divino, regional program manager of international child rights group Save the Children, said Wednesday they have launched a series of consultations and awareness campaigns in various parts of the region to educate voters on concerns affecting children and promote them as major election issues.</p><P>She said the initiative is part of a </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/campaign-highlight-child-rights-issues-may-polls-launched-region-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Crimes against humanity Debt bondage Technology Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:46:21 +0000 Asianet 5809833 at http://www.globalpost.com Child workers employed with relatives' IDs to evade the law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/child-workers-employed-relatives-ids-evade-the-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Many businesses employ child workers with the identity cards of the children's relatives in order to circumvent the law, which strictly prohibits employing anyone under the age of 15.</p><P>The issue of child labor came to public attention following the death of a 13-year-old primary school student, Ahmet Yıldız, in a plastics factory in Adana in March. It is common to see children working at auto shops, textile factories and construction sites.</p><P>The Family and Social Policy Ministry recently revealed that the number of child workers in Turkey has exceeded 1 million.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/child-workers-employed-relatives-ids-evade-the-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Childhood Labor Street children Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:48:14 +0000 Asianet 5813975 at http://www.globalpost.com UN labour report lacks credibility, says UAE watchdog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/un-labour-report-lacks-credibility-says-uae-watchdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> A member of the UAE's human traffic watchdog has said an international study into the treatment of workers in the Emirates lacks credibility.</p><P>Dr Saeed Al Ghafli, of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, criticised the methods behind the UN International Labour Organisation's (ILO) report Tricked and Trapped, presented this week in Jordan, the National newspaper today reported.</p><P>Dr Al Ghafli, also assistant under secretary for FNC Affairs, said the report relied on indicators rather than statistics.</p><P>He further said that human trafficking needed to be fought in</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/un-labour-report-lacks-credibility-says-uae-watchdog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Child labour Crimes against humanity Saeed Al Ghafli Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:08:29 +0000 Asianet 5814074 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain urged to stop recruiting minors to armed forces http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/britain-urged-stop-recruiting-minors-armed-forces <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two campaign groups on Tuesday called for Britain to stop recruiting 16 and 17-year-olds to its armed forces, a practice that has been abandoned by most countries.</p> <p>Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch said Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) wasted up to £94 million ($143 million, 110 million euros) a year by recruiting minors, who it said were twice as expensive to train as 18-year-olds.</p> <p>But the MoD said the report ignored the benefits that a military career offered young people, and said it had no plans to change its policy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/britain-urged-stop-recruiting-minors-armed-forces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ageism Child labour Military sociology AFP Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:02:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5822995 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope slams child exploitation in domestic work http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/pope-slams-child-exploitation-domestic-work <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Francis on Wednesday railed against the "deplorable" exploitation of children in domestic work, saying cases of child labour were on the rise in poor countries and affect young girls in particular.</p> <p>"There are millions of minors, mostly young girls, who are victims of this form of hidden exploitation which often includes sexual abuse, poor treatment and discrimination," he said in a message to mark World Day Against Child Labour.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130612/pope-slams-child-exploitation-domestic-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Children's rights Human trafficking Labor Social Issues AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:45:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5856185 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi princess charged with human trafficking in US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130711/saudi-princess-charged-human-trafficking-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Saudi princess has been charged in California with enslaving a Kenyan woman, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and holding her passport hostage, US authorities said Thursday.</p> <p>Meshael Alayban, 42, one of six wives of a grandson of the Saudi King Abdullah, is accused of forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hour days, seven days a week, for a monthly salary of just $220.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130711/saudi-princess-charged-human-trafficking-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Child labour Crimes against humanity Meshael Alayban Social Issues AFP Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:32:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5881994 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi princess charged with human trafficking in US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130712/saudi-princess-charged-human-trafficking-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Saudi princess was to be released from US jail on bail Thursday after being charged with enslaving a Kenyan woman, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and withholding her passport.</p> <p>Meshael Alayban, 42, one of six wives of a grandson of the Saudi King Abdullah, paid a $5 million bond and surrendered her passport, the Orange County, California district attorney's office said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130712/saudi-princess-charged-human-trafficking-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Child labour Crimes against humanity Meshael Alayban Social Issues AFP Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:02:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5882076 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian brands ignorant of child labour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130819/australian-brands-ignorant-child-labour <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian clothing brands are mostly ignorant about where the cotton used in their products comes from, making it more likely child labour has been involved, a study said Monday.</p> <p>The Australian Fashion Report, which examined 41 firms that own 128 brands, found companies had made improvements in workers' conditions at factories over the years but little was known about how their raw materials were produced.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130819/australian-brands-ignorant-child-labour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Childhood Human trafficking Labor AFP Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:32:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5912652 at http://www.globalpost.com More than 550 child soldiers freed in DR Congo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/more-550-child-soldiers-freed-dr-congo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 550 children have left the ranks of armed groups in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo province of Katanga, the United Nations said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The awareness campaign calling for children to leave armed groups succeeded in demobilising 557 children between March and August," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.</p> <p>Shelters have taken in 444 children, while another 113 have rejoined their families, the UN agency said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/more-550-child-soldiers-freed-dr-congo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Democratic Republic of the Congo United Nations AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:17:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5931193 at http://www.globalpost.com Promise of job, passport lured alleged human trafficking victim to Canada:court http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130912/promise-job-passport-lured-alleged-human-trafficking-victim- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - An alleged victim of human trafficking believed she was coming to Canada for a salon job when she signed her visa applications, not knowing that the paperwork said she was going overseas as a domestic worker, a B.C. Supreme Court judge heard Thursday.</p> <p>The 26-year-old woman from Tanzania testified that in 2008, Mumtaz Ladha, the West Vancouver woman accused of forcing the woman into domestic servitude, asked her to come to Canada for six months.</p> <p>She refused because she didn't want to leave her son, she testified.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130912/promise-job-passport-lured-alleged-human-trafficking-victim-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Child labour Crimes against humanity Debt bondage Hospitality Law Mumtaz Ladha Politics The Canadian Press Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:16:49 +0000 The Canadian Press 5932535 at http://www.globalpost.com Human-trafficking trial hears woman forced to work long hours for no pay http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130917/human-trafficking-trial-hears-woman-forced-work-long-hours-n <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - Had she known that she would become an unpaid domestic servant in Canada, she would never have come overseas, an African woman told a human trafficking trial on Tuesday.</p> <p>The 26-year-old from Tanzania, who cannot be named under a publication ban, said she was forced to do everything from cleaning bathrooms and polishing floors, to serving meals and washing cars when she worked — without pay — for 60-year-old Mumtaz Ladha.</p> <p>The wealthy West Vancouver woman in on trial accused of four human trafficking-related charges.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130917/human-trafficking-trial-hears-woman-forced-work-long-hours-n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Child labour Crimes against humanity Hospitality Human rights abuses Lauri Ann Fenlon Law Politics The Canadian Press Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:48:02 +0000 The Canadian Press 5936832 at http://www.globalpost.com Child labor down but not enough http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/child-labor-down-not-enough <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Despite recent declines in the incidence of child labor much more must be done to tackle the issue, the Third International Conference on Child Labor heard Tuesday.</p> <p>International Labor Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder urged redoubled efforts, decrying the fact a target to eliminate the worst instances of child labor by 2016 will not be met.</p> <p>Latest ILO global estimates show the total number of child laborers has dropped by one-third to 168 million since the last conference in The Hague in 2010.</p> <p>But Ryder said that still is nowhere near good enough.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/child-labor-down-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child labour Children's rights Human rights abuses Labor AFP Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:35:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5955237 at http://www.globalpost.com