Definition Child Labour

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:

  1. all forms of forced labor, bondage, serfdom and slavery;
  2. the abuse of children e.g. Prostitution, pornography, drug trafficking, child soldiers
  3. and any other work that endangers children’s health, safety or morals. These include u. a. also the heavy work in quarries.

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.”

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:

CURRENT: ILO-Initiative “Music against Child Labour”