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Child Labor in Pakistan Ryan Eagleton November 6 1999 John Hammer Child labor is a byproduct of the industrial revolution and was used mainly because Child Labor is a cheap labor force and because of the child size they could get into places where adults could not During the late 18th through the 19th century there has been a visible effort to eliminate child labor Unfortunately most of the developing countries do not follow the child labor laws because they need the labor force and the economy that the global conglomerates like Disney Nike and Wal-mart give them Pakistan is a rather poor country Many families go through a constant struggle everyday just to get enough food for them and their family It is estimated that 500000 to one million children ages four to fourteen are being forced just to make carpets Many of the men work long hours for little pay and whenever there is an error even due to natural disasters they are blamed and their salary is cut or taken away This is extremely difficult to support a family Many fathers sell their children to carpet masters for a sum of money paid over five years Even though the father is happy with of the sum because a deal is not worth much in Pakistan especially between rich men and poor men When the Father receives this money he is in the masters dept and his sun must work until it is paid off Child labor is prevalent throughout all of Pakistan but its worst occurrences happen in the carpet industry and the soccer ball industry These two industries have the highest percent of working children and also maintain the worst conditions Some of the conditions children in these industries must endure are 1 Low wages- children are commonly paid less than one-third of what an adult would get for
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