International Child Labor Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A discussion on the child labor practices in Rwanda, India, Nepal and China.
# 151504 | 1,509 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Sociology (Welfare) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Labor) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper reveals that despite major advances in both technology and business ethics, the practice of child labor is still a major problem in developing and prominent countries all over the world. The paper goes on to argue that the prohibition of child labor needs to be hinged on the country's economic condition, allowing it in moderate amounts where necessary and creating a staunch international fight against it elsewhere. The paper uses Rwanda as an example of a nation that needs some exceptions to typical anti-child labor statues, but discusses how India, Nepal and China have the capability to ban it outright without debilitating the nation's economy. The paper therefore concludes that China must be held accountable by the international community and awareness brought to modern Chinese parents about the dangers of child labor.

From the Paper:

"Rwanda is notorious for employing thousands of children into the nation's workforce, yet it is a prime example of a nation that needs some exceptions to typical anti-child labor statues. According to research, in Rwanda "Children as young as six work 10-hour shifts." The workforce is over populated with young children and adolescents. Work starts very early in the day as to allow the children to end early so they can go to school and get an education. Yet, by the time the child's work day is over, many are too tired to make the long walks to their local schools. This then leaves many uneducated, doomed to repeat the same vicious cycle with their own children. However, Rwanda proves to be an interesting case. Recent genocides across the countryside have left the nation completely devoid of a normal adult workforce; "Child laborers are much in demand in Rwanda, a country short of manpower since the genocide which claimed between half a million and 800,000 lives in 1994 left a quarter million orphans." With so little adults around to work, the entire economy of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of young children to take on the burden. They must also take on the burden of caring for themselves."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Embassy of India. "Child Labor in India." Indian Embassy. 1998. Retrieved at 10 Nov 2009.
  • Goujan, Emmanuel. "Child Labor in Demand in Rwanda." Daily Main & Guardian. 2000. Hartford Web Publishing. Retrieved at 10 Nov 2009.
  • International Labour Office. Child Labour: Targeting the Intolerable. 6th ed. International Labour Office. 1996.
  • Kagire, Edmund. "Rwanda to Benefit from US Anti-Child Labour Fund." New Times. 2009. Retrieved at 11 Nov 2009.
  • Thapaliya, Bhuwan. "Child Labor Dilemma in Nepal." Global Politician. 12 Oct 2009. Retrieved at 11 Nov 2009.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

International Child Labor (2012, June 11) Retrieved August 17, 2022, from

MLA Format

"International Child Labor" 11 June 2012. Web. 17 August. 2022. <>