child labor

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Gainful employment of a child under age 17 in a workplace that employs adults functioning in equal or similar capacities, in agriculture, factories, the service sector, mines, etc.

child labor

Public health Gainful employment of a child–usually,
< age 15 in a workplace that employs adults functioning in equal or similar capacities. See Sweatshops. Cf Terms of Engagement.
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The survey indicates that the agriculture sector accounted for the largest share of child-labor, at 62%.
To help students understand a clash between culture, religion and federal law, specifically the conflict between Amish, who want the right to have their teenage sons work in sawmills, and child-labor laws designed to ensure young workers' safety.
5] In some cases, firms have been initially unaware that such production has a child-labor component.
Estimates of child laborers in export-related jobs hover around 5 percent of the total child-labor population.