A girl covers her face near the road to Mazatenango, where she fills holes in the road with earth in exchange for money, about 100 miles north of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2012.
June 12 has been designated World Day Against Child Labour by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO’s most recent global estimate is that 215 million children worldwide are involved in child labour, with more than half this number involved in its worst forms. The worst forms are defined as:
- All forms of slavery, or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom, as well as forced labour, including forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
- The use, procurement or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances.
- The use, procurement or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined in relevant international treaties.
- Work which, by its nature or circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children, such harmful work to be determined by national authorities.
[Credit : Jorge Dan Lopez / Reuters]