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    @xTinx, I know what you are saying. I have seen in the rural areas how the law is not being followed when it comes to child labor. Here in the Metro Manila, a child worker is required to get a permit from the Department of Labor. But in the provinces, no one would report or complain so child labor is just an ordinary occurrence. However, the issue comes to fore when a problem occurs like an accident or a fire in the factory. When lead poisoning occurred in one mining area, the media had uncovered that more than half of the workers outside the mines were children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xTinx View Post
    Child labor usually happens in rural areas characterized by less knowledge of labor laws and more informal labor practices. I have read studies in the past concerning children hired at tobacco, coffee or fruit plantations. Most of them are sons and daughters of tenant farmers. Because their families worked in the farm or plantation, they were exposed to helping them out every now and then until it became the norm for them and for everyone else.

    If the government doesn't intervene, this situation will continue to happen and children of plantation tenants will have a hard time getting a decent education, where they can dream big and be more than tenants when they grow up.
    Actually, this isn't always the case and in many countries there are legal provisions making exceptions for some labor requirements in regards to farming. Many states in the USA for example have different provisions regarding labor when it comes to farming.

    Also, industrial use of child labor in Asian countries is still a big, and possibly more widely practiced problem than what you are speaking of.

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    Yeah, it's really important to mention that child labor is normal in some places as long as its fair and family oriented. The main problem with child labor is exploitation rather than that they are working, if a kid wants to work and his family is poor, hey, who's who to stop them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFunneler View Post
    Yeah, it's really important to mention that child labor is normal in some places as long as its fair and family oriented. The main problem with child labor is exploitation rather than that they are working, if a kid wants to work and his family is poor, hey, who's who to stop them?
    Most of the kids that work that I see are in family businesses where the kids are expected to learn the ropes starting at a young age because they will eventually take over the business. I also worked at our family business as a kid and I enjoyed myself a lot and even at that young age I felt a sense of fulfillment. Although I guess these situations are only a little bit similar to the actual child labor situation where kids are being exploited.

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    Yeah, even in Romania there are some companies which hires child on a day contract, also international franchises like McDonald's hires people who have just turned 16 on a part time job, really flexible one. It's great that the children are given the opportunity to learn how hard the money are made and what their true value are, but, at least in this field, people must be very cautious as there might be some companies willing to exploit children as a very cheap working head just so they would increase their profits.

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    Child labor in farms here cannot be avoided simply because the manager is the patriarch. And to save paying wages is to employ his own children. And even if there is a law on child labor, it cannot be fully implemented when there is no one to complain. Besides, it is very difficult to go against tradition. A standard farm of 7 hectares need about 10 people during the planting season - of any crop like rice or corn. The usual pay is a few dollars a day and a share in the harvest which comes after 4 months. In harvesting, the same scheme applies so harvests are usually big deal because of the full payment of wages... including child laborers.

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    Actually, you will see children working more than you might think - but whereas in other countries it might be the norm, over here it is more likely to be the case that relatives of other employees are looking to earn some money while they're off school for the holidays or something like that. I do think that you have to be very careful if you're choosing to do this as a business though, because there are laws, and it isn't worth getting into trouble over - so if anybody is working in your company you do really need to make sure that it is all legal and above board.

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    Whether or not child labor is cool or not depends on the type of employment. Obviously working in a coal mine isn't healthy for children. On the other hand, they might be able to do a writing job, and in fact, it could help them out in school. Of course, some light labor can actually keep them out of trouble. That's how Michael Jackson's dad kept his kids out of trouble while they were rising to the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason76 View Post
    Whether or not child labor is cool or not depends on the type of employment. Obviously working in a coal mine isn't healthy for children. On the other hand, they might be able to do a writing job, and in fact, it could help them out in school. Of course, some light labor can actually keep them out of trouble. That's how Michael Jackson's dad kept his kids out of trouble while they were rising to the top.
    Good point. I think this is where blanket laws might fail because for some it is a good way out or at least a good distraction or form of discipline and without it children might just turn to worse situations for themselves such as being involved with gangs or just general criminal behavior.

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    Pardon me if this sounds obnoxious to you. There are beach and swimming resorts here that employ children as entertainers and escorts. It is not an official function but an underground arrangement so the resort is not implicated when something happens. What's bad is that parents are the promoters of their children to escort foreign tourists. So many cases have been uncovered that children were used for other purposes than escorting. But there were no arrests because the parents wouldn't complain.

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