A report by the International Labor Office and UNICEF said yesterday that the number of child labor around the world has reached 160 million, an increase of four million in the past four years.
The report warned that the “Corona” pandemic and its economic and social effects may raise the number by 8.4 million children, and according to the report, this is the first increase recorded in child labor in two decades, as the number recorded between 2000 and 2016 about 94 million. He cautioned that these new figures reflect a halt in progress in the face of the phenomenon of child labor, for the first time in 20 years. He explained that most of the number is between five and 11 years old, while the number of children aged between five and 17 years who work in hazardous work increased by 6.5 million to reach 79 million.
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