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Dataset | 27 April 2021

ILO Child Labour Statistics

Child labour slated for abolition falls into the following three categories:

(1) Labour that is performed by a child who is under the minimum age specified for that kind of work (as defined by national legislation; in accordance with accepted international standards); and that is thus likely to impede the child's education and full development.

(2) Labour that jeopardizes the physical; mental or moral well-being of a child; either because of its nature or because of the conditions in which it is carried out; known as hazardous work.

(3) The unconditional worst forms of child labour; which are internationally defined as slavery; trafficking; debt bondage and other forms of forced labour; forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; prostitution and pornography; and illicit activities.

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