Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Over 250,000 children under 16 put to work in Italy

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Rome, June 11 - Roughly 260,000 children, or 5.2%
of kids under the age of 16, are made to work in Italy,
according to a study revealed on Tuesday.
About 30,000 14- and 15-year-olds are as risk of
exploitation, toiling in activities that may be dangerous to
their health, safety, or moral integrity, reported the study,
which was conducted by the Bruno Trentin Association and Save
the Children.
For the first study of its kind since 2002, 2,000
interviews were conducted with second year high school students
across 15 provinces and 75 schools in Italy.
Researchers found that just 0.3% of minors worked in Italy
under age 11, but by the age of 14 or 15, 18.4% of minors
worked.
Researchers believe there is a strong correlation between
early work in Italy and the country’s high dropout rate from
school.
In Italy, 18.2% of students fail to complete high school
compared to a European Union average of 15%.
The sexes are almost equally divided, with 46% of female
14-to-15-year-olds working.
Roughly 40% of the minors that work only do so on an ad
hoc, random basis.
However, 24% of those who work exceed five hours of work
per day, and a quarter carry their responsibilities for up to a
year.
The largest segment - or 41% - are employed in family
cottage businesses.
A third do domestic work, sometimes for hours and even in
conflict with school schedules.
Some 14% work outside their family sphere.
Just 4% do babysitting.
Less than half of the minors interviewed said they were
compensated for their work - just 45%.
Child labour was more common in southern Italy than in
northern or central Italy.
UNICEF estimates there are 150 million children between the
ages of five and 14 deployed as child labour.
An estimated 115 million children between the ages of five
and 17 are employed in heavy or dangerous labour, such as
carrying loads, coming in contact with chemicals or working long
hours.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than a third of children work.

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