Bangladesh 23 Mar 2015 00:00
Child labor in Bangladesh is common, with 4.7 million or 12.6% of children aged below 14 in the work force. Out of the child laborers engaged in the work force, 83% are employed in rural areas and 17% are employed in urban areas. Employment ranges from brick fields, garbage collecting, street hawker, different factories etc. In 2006, Bangladesh passed a Labor Law setting the minimum legal age for employment as 14. Nevertheless, the enforcement of such labor laws is virtually impossible in Bangladesh because 93% of child laborers are employed at this moment. The main reason is poverty. Due to poverty most of the parents can’t afford to send their children to school. Resulting, children are adopting child labor to contribute to their family and for their future as well.