The number of people affected by child labor in the world has grown for the first time in two decades and the Covid-19 pandemic still threatens to force millions more children to work, warned the UN on Thursday (9).
A joint report by the ILO (International Labor Organization) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) estimates that, at the beginning of 2020, 160 million children were forced to work, 8.4 million more than four years ago .
If the projections of increasing poverty in the world are fulfilled, another nine million children will be forced to work before the end of next year, according to the report.
A number that could be up to five times higher according to the projections, warned Claudia Cappa, a UNICEF statistician and one of the authors of the study.
“If social projections fall from their current level, due to austerity measures and other factors, the number of children forced to work could increase by 46 million” by the end of 2022, he explained to AFP.
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