Here’s Over One Hundred Products Made From Child Or Slave Labor (GRAPHIC)

Source: Huffington Post

It’s hard to believe, but true: Still today, many everyday products from around the globe are the result of child and slave labor, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Labor
Now thanks to an infographic from theNational Post, we can more clearly see the effects: All together, the infographic counts 130 product-types from 71 countries — each the result of forced labor, child labor or some combination of the two
Indeed, slave labor still exists within economic powerhouses like India, China and Brazil, for example. It’s not just these two forms of labor that have come under fire lately. China has faced more wide-ranging criticism over its labor practices, especially after reports of poor working conditions and labor law violations at Foxconn, a factory that manufactures electronics for companies such as Appleand Microsoft.
See the National Post‘s infographic below to find out which countries are making products by exploiting slave labor:



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  1. ###################
    Child Labour vs. Bonded Labour
    A Massive Confusion

    There is no second opinion that Children should not be forced to work – while they deserve to live through their childhood and GET education.

    BUT – this is again one of those subjects which have been TWISTED & CONFOUNDED and it has become real hard to find any consensus about it.
    The “real life scenario” has been mixed with the “philosophic view”.

    The “catch” of the issue is that the “responsibles” have waded off with their “responsibilities.

    Most of the developed countries have mandated EDUCATION for children and MONETARY ASSISTANCE to parents – while the State Statutes have been established to assume the responsibility to PROVIDE EDUCATION – and Punitive Actions are taken if a parent tries to void with the given share of responsibility.

    Thus, in those countries, it is easy and simple to understand and pick out “if an underage is found working for a wage” – and the same is “believed to apply to under developed countries” – AND this is where the issue gets confused.

    Please imagine; countries like Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Central and Western Africa and Afghanistan; WHERE THE STATES HAVE CONTINUOUSLY FAILED TO ENSURE “EDUCATION” FOR CHILDREN AND “MONETARY ASSISTANCE” TO PARENTS.

    Those are the countries where Children DO NOT WORK AS SLAVES – rather THEY WILLINGLY WORK TO EARN TO KEEP THEIR SIBLINGS LIVING. Because, if they do not work then they will find some “DEAD PEOPLE AT HOME”.

    There has been a bunch of Aids and Grants made available to Alleviate Child Labour; which has unfortunately not caused any substantial change in those countries.

    The foremost reason being that the Aid was provided to various NGOs; which EITHER were not held accountable for the results – OR – they were let walk away without delivering the desired results.

    International Labour Organization (ILO) as a prime wing of the United Nations together with its implementing NGOs have struggled towards this issue for decades – and have failed to achieve any Sizeable Results.

    Let us view it this way:-

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT – If the children do not work, their siblings will SUFFER, be in trouble or dead.

    1. Every child does not necessarily work in BOND. Many of them Voluntarily Work for survival. Clear DISTINCTION must be made between “Child Labour” and “Bonded Labour”.


    Both (more correctly – “ALL”) types of the Child Labours are UNWANTED – but EVERY TYPE needs some different solution; involving National Governments, Manufacturers, Buyers and the International Agencies.




    This is where the ISSUE and its SOLUTION stands “STUCKED”.

  2. Yes, the so-called child labour in 3rd world countries (in Kenya it’s not allowed ‘officially’, but still goes on due to various reasons stated above despite ‘free’ primary school education), is happening so that others in the family can survive and their younger siblings be educated.

    Very few people out here ‘force’ it on them!

    The developed countries view point is not necessarily the same as the practical one from developing or under-developed ones. Their whole set up is totally different and so is the economics.

  3. ###################
    Child Labour vs. Bonded Labour
    A Massive Confusion – Socially POLITICIZED issue

    Back in 1982-83; as Founder Secretary of The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry (where my name is scratched off the “Designated List” – for being an Ahmadi); I ensured to highlight this issue with law makers of the European Union (in making then) and with ILO under the auspices of WFSGI (world federation of sporting goods).

    A number of delegations from various developed countries did come forward and offered numerous “Lucrative Programs” to support “the families in need”; to let their children go to the schools in replacement to work for their survival.

    As such, the whole “fault” as we see today, does NOT exclusively lie with the developed countries; their Governments and their Importer of Goods.

    Other side of the story must be reviewed, as well. Which is that:-

    1. The Pakistani Stakeholders (manufacturers) confounded the definitions of Child Labour and Bonded Labour.

    My dear teacher at Murray College Sialkot, (late) Prof. Mohammad Amin Javed Sahib (then, Amir Jamaate Islami Sialkot District and Chairperson of Sublime Sports – producing the famous TANGO soccer ball for Adidas) together with his group did not reconcile with my given “differentiation” between the Kinds of Labour – (it was tabled most enthusiastically by my very dear boss and friend (late Mr. A. D. Bhutta – the Founder President and Board Member of WFSGI).

    Order of the Day in those days from President Zia, was like; “refute” whatever an Ahmadi presents. Ridicule if you can.

    2. The scheme however (as it opened later) was to Create Your Own NGOs and accept the foreign donations and Establish Your Own Public Schools (not designated exclusively for the labouring children). Those schools were operated for a fee in as much a commercial way as any other school. It tantamount to a Double Double Win.

    3. A few of such schools did operate in the labour intensive areas, also – but not them all, and not in line with the plan to “Alleviate Child Labour and Subsidize their Family Incomes”.

    That is how the funding DID NOT go where it should have.

    Nevertheless, many of the industries in Sialkot and Faisalabad voluntarily decided Not to Hire any Underage Workers and offered Subsidies for the Families with Small Children – but it always remained a “Partial Remedy”.

    Therefore, the “fault” ALSO lies with the manufacturers, who chose to operate “differently” with the available benefits from the “donors”.

    I think, the same may have happened in other affected countries – and on a similar pattern.

    An Urdu couplet from – Mustafa Zaidi – says it all so closely:-

    Mera to Jurm Tadhkira-e Aam hea Magar
    Kuch Dajiyan hein meri Zulekha ke haath mein


    (True) – that my wrong is so widely spoken of
    (Ponder) – the chips of my outfit are in the hands of Zulekha

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  5. I agree with brother Shahid.
    This is not a simple matter, most of the times the children HAVE to work because of poverty.
    So you see alot of problems in the world stem from abject poverty, until something is done about that, nothing can be accomplished. Zakat is the great Islamic system if only it was properly done.

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