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    Do you know of companies availing of child labor? Most small caterers here hire young worker for their labor need particularly for the purpose of serving food. Isn't nice to see young food servers dressed in their white shirts? That's the reason of caterers. Besides, the work contract is only for a day when the caterer gets a job for an event like a party. However, there are rules and regulations governing child labor so I have been warning those caterers to be careful. When a parent of that child worker would complain, the caterer can be in hot water.

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    I think you could only get away with that in places where the judicatory system is a bit wonky. I don't see something like this being viable in the US since one small mistake can cost the business owner enough that it wouldn't be worth the risk, even if if it's just for a few days a year. That said, I do think it's healthy for kids to learn the value of hard work too even at a young age so on the other hand I kind of favor having that option.

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    I think child labor is fine when it is mutual or out of family necessity. Most other times it ends up as this horrible exploitation of vulnerable people that is fully designed to make some asshole profit, and that type of mentality has no place in the most advanced species on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFunneler View Post
    I think child labor is fine when it is mutual or out of family necessity. Most other times it ends up as this horrible exploitation of vulnerable people that is fully designed to make some asshole profit, and that type of mentality has no place in the most advanced species on the planet.
    Do you know that in our country, children need a labor permit from the Department of Labor before they can be employed? Children or child is defined as one who is below 18 years of age. That permit is very common for child actors who appear on tv and in the movies. But for regular work like factories, there are child workers - mostly 16 to 17 years old, who are allowed even without those labor permit. The government is guarding against the exploitation of children since some parents are enslaving their children while they are idle at home.

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    A child labor is completely fine if it's legal. However, the work should match with young employee abilities. What is also very important is that his/her payment should never be defined by his/her age, as they are working like everybody else there. A working child should be paid hourly, I guess. It's the best option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corzhens View Post
    Do you know that in our country, children need a labor permit from the Department of Labor before they can be employed? Children or child is defined as one who is below 18 years of age. That permit is very common for child actors who appear on tv and in the movies. But for regular work like factories, there are child workers - mostly 16 to 17 years old, who are allowed even without those labor permit. The government is guarding against the exploitation of children since some parents are enslaving their children while they are idle at home.
    Very true. I think laws like this exist not only as a counter measure to exploitation by employers but also exploitation by families since taking advantage of kids exists in all cultures and the ones left unchecked get away with the most.

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    Child labor laws in most places don't usually protect from exploitation by their families, just by businesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytegeek View Post
    Child labor laws in most places don't usually protect from exploitation by their families, just by businesses.
    You are right. I find so many children being exploited by their own parents and the government couldn't do anything. It's not really nice to say this but there are extreme cases that some resorts have children who offer escort service to tourists. I know you understand what I mean. Those children are being used by their parents to earn dollars from foreign tourist. And there are babies who are rented for use in begging in the street. A beggar who is carrying a baby exudes that pathetic look which earns sympathy from passersby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corzhens View Post
    You are right. I find so many children being exploited by their own parents and the government couldn't do anything. It's not really nice to say this but there are extreme cases that some resorts have children who offer escort service to tourists. I know you understand what I mean. Those children are being used by their parents to earn dollars from foreign tourist. And there are babies who are rented for use in begging in the street. A beggar who is carrying a baby exudes that pathetic look which earns sympathy from passersby.
    Yeah it is horrendous. Where I live it isn't as bad as some parts of the world, but we tend to buy products from and support businesses in nations where it is bad. I have read about abuses in places like India that just seem unimaginable.

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    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.

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