Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope demands end to child labour

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Vatican City, June 12 - Pope Francis made an appeal
to end the widespread practice of minors being put to work on
Wednesday, the World Day Against Child Labour.
"It is a deplorable phenomenon which is constantly
increasing, especially in poor countries," the Argentine pontiff
said.
UNICEF said in a report on Tuesday that around 150 million
children between the ages of five and 14 are used for labour.
An estimated 115 million children between the ages of five
and 17 are employed in heavy or dangerous work, such as carrying
loads, coming in contact with chemicals or working long hours,
UNICEF said.
In his appeal Francis focused on children used as domestic
workers.
In a separate report released Wednesday, the International
Labour Organisation (ILO) said an estimated 10.5 million
children worldwide are working as domestic workers in people's
homes, in hazardous and sometimes slave-like conditions.
Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged
between five and 14 years-old and more than 71% are girls, the
ILO said.
"There are millions of children, mostly girls, who are
victims of this hidden form of exploitation that often involves
abuse, mistreatment and discrimination," said Francis.
"This is a real form of slavery.
"It is my heartfelt hope that the international community
will initiate still more effective measures in addressing this
authentic plague.
"All children must be able to play, study, pray and grow,
in their families, this in a harmonic context, in love and
serenity but these people instead of playing are slaves, and
this is a plague.
"This is their right and our duty. A serene childhood
allows children to look with confidence towards life and
tomorrow.
"Woe to those who stifle them in their joyful enthusiasm
of hope".

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