Think slavery is a shameful relic of our past? Think again. Some 40 million men, women and children are forced into labor today—from different races, and for different reasons, writes Loughborough University’s Catherine Armstrong in The Conversation.  

Shehzad Noorani's portrait of a young girl child working in a battery recycling workshop at Ayena Ghat by the river Buriganga on the outskirts of Dhaka, with her young brother in the background, highlights the plight of the children of factory workers. Most women and older…

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales argues that children have the right to work. In 2014 he lowered the minimum working age for children from 14 to 10 at home. At 12 children can work for others.Child labor is an economic lifeline for many families in Bolivia, where 850,000…

In conflicts and disasters, homes and schools are destroyed, livelihoods are lost, and protections evaporate—placing children at especially high risk of child labor.

About 90% of child laborers and residents living near tanneries in Bangladesh will die before age 50, according to a new WHO report. Toxic chemicals used to process leather have permeated the air, streets and rivers, and employers do not provide protective equipment.  

Alongside health warnings, Human Rights Watch suggests cigarette packages should have to include another warning: “This product may be made with child labor.”   It’s a particular problem for children working for tobacco companies in Indonesia, which employ kids as young as…

Ending child labor and slavery by a 2025 deadline is possible—provided governments, NGOs and companies act promptly and collaboratively, argues economist and UN advisor Jeffery Sachs.   There are 168 million child laborers and about 5.5 million enslaved children globally,…

In India, children make up 1/5 of all mine workers, working in dangerous conditions and suffering from exposure to coal and silica dust, and noxious fumes. Indian officials downplay the problem, writes Rina Chandran, but the International Labor Organization estimates there…

 Children—some as young as 8 years old—working in tobacco fields in Indonesia suffer from nicotine poisoning, absorbed through their skin. As many as tens of thousands of children are being exposed to harmful conditions while farming tobacco, according to a Human Rights…

If you’re nerdy and/or compulsive like we are, you’ve been watching the tiny number in the footer of GHN emails. Day by day since GHN’s inception on January 2, 2014, it’s been relentlessly marching upwards. Yesterday 499. Today, GHN delivers its 500th issue. A minor…