Child labor on the rise not only in Pakistan but globally after Covid-19 pandemic
What happened: It is pertinent to mention that more than 160 million child laborers are aged between 5 and 17 and are employed in hazardous work. However, the International Labor Organisation has warned that the number of child workers will increase worldwide in the near future. The ILO released figures from numerous countries indicating a rise in child labor after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Details: The rise in child workers has been noted due to the worsening economic condition in Pakistan and other countries. Tribiune.com quotes the numbers as, “Before the pandemic, there were some 160 million child laborers globally, but nine million more children might join the ranks of laborers by the end of 2022.” It is pertinent to mention that nearly 70% of the child laborers are employed in the agricultural sector and accounting for the country’s stable progress.