Labor Department Report Highlights Countries That Use Child Labor

A Labor Department report counts some 60 countries where child labor or forced labor is used to make hundreds of goods.

The report, which was mandated by Congress, doesn't name companies that use child labor or U.S. businesses that buy the goods. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says the government isn't trying to penalize those companies, but to raise awareness about the issue and encourage American companies to voluntarily make sure raw goods aren't derived with exploited labor. Some of the most common products listed include raw materials like cotton, sugar cane, coffee, rice, cocoa and bricks. They come from nearly every region of the world, from West African cocoa farms to Latin American sugar cane to Indian silk.

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says "Knowing which products are produced by child slaves" may change consumer behavior. He says "These reports shed light on who and where we need to focus our efforts to stop the worst forms of child labor."

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  • by cady Location: las vegas on Sep 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    We should be aware of what companies are using child labor. How else can we make a difference if we continually use their products?
  • by Jim Bob Location: Dare County on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    I believe the labor department should be more concerned about child labor here. That is right here in NC. I have seen it here in Dare County as young as 6. Mainly heading shrimp at the fish houses on Saturday.
  • by Labbrat on Sep 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Betty is right. We do not allow slavery in the US. Why would we buy products from companies who use slaves? It is simple immoral!
  • by betty Location: cortland on Sep 10, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Those poor kids. I think we should all be watching for the names of these companies. NAME THE COMPANIES. If I knew of a company doing this for sure, I would no buy from them. I'm sure most Americans wouldn't buy from them.

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