The term “child labor” is used very differently depending on the context, which is why a clear definition is very important.
Child laborers are children who work regularly for several hours. Clearly distinguishable from this is the “exploitative child labor”, which includes the following points:
- all forms of forced labor, bondage, serfdom and slavery; li>
- the abuse of children e.g. Prostitution, pornography, drug trafficking, child soldiers li>
- and any other work that endangers children’s health, safety or morals. These include u. a. also the heavy work in quarries. li>
In aid organizations, a simplified definition of child labor is used, which also follows XertifiX:
“A person under the age of 15 who is not allowed to go to school because s/he has to work.” i> b>
The worst forms of child labor are then referred to, even if they are harmful to health and exploitative (there are programs of relief organizations).
Legal bases and explanations are: