In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country’s labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who’ve given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to a British think tank.
Researchers from the London-based Overseas Development Institute surveyed nearly 3,000 households in the slums of Dhaka. They found children as young as 6 employed full-time and others working up to 100 to 110 hours a week. On average the working children earned less than $2 a day.
“The prevalence of child labor in Bangladesh is worrisome,” says Maria Quattri, a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and one of the authors of the study. Quattri says the majority of girls who are employed are toiling in the garment industry. Boys’ jobs are more varied. Some work as day laborers on construction sites or making bricks. Others sell products on the street or work in shops. But 13 percent of the boys also reported working in clothing factories or other parts of the textile industry.