Letters to the Editor

Stop child labour

Child labour and its effects are often not discussed due to the media’s focus on corporations employing the children and not the children themselves.

Needless to say there are effects and consequences for the children taking part in labour practices at such a young age.

Many lose their education, health, and their childhood as a result of child labour.

It is time to recognize that child labour is currently taking place around the world and that society needs to play a larger role then it has in the past to end child labour.

People need to create more social awareness that child labour is constantly taking place around the world and will continue to take place until we the consumers stop purchasing these items that are produced at a child’s expense.

If we can drive down profits for these companies, in an effort to stop child labour, perhaps these companies will change how they are producing their products.

The public also has to put pressure on governments to create legislation that enforce child labour laws and this legislation has to heavily punish those who violate these laws.

The fact that child labour is still happening in many parts of the world exemplifies the ineffectiveness of current legislations.

We need to create more organizations which are solely focused on preventing child labour.

These organizations have to find ways for the poor to get educated so the children are provided with an opportunity to better their lives.

The effects of child labour are not often visible to Western society since it is commonly found on the opposite parts of the world, but it is necessary for the West to start taking actions so these children have the same opportunity as children in other regions of the world.

Child labour’s effects are undeniable and the struggle the children are faced with is inevitable.

It is time for us as a society to take initiative and put an end to child labour.

Gulwinder Dale

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