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Asia leads world in child-labor products: report

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In many parts of the world it is a luxury to be a child carefree no work go to school etc... Many are just born to slave away their lives until they die or get sick and die or get killed and die so sad but we live in a very very harsh world IMHO ..

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Remember when America was a baby? Lots of child labor then too.

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It would be wonderful for children to be free of work and have the ability to go to school...however some of them have to work to help keep their family's alive. Hopefully, things can change, but it will be up to consumers to change their consumption habits.

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America is still a baby history wise compared to countries with long histories like China, India, Korea, Japan but yes, JapanGal, America had many, many child laborers say only 60 or 70 years ago too, as did England etc..working in coal mines etc..

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Why in news? Because Japan's economy has become so fragile that even child labor can topple it, India is likely to become world's 3rd largest economy shortly (!)

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So who got to define the word "child"? Sure don't see it here.

I have nothing against teenagers working so long as they want to.

And I don't have that much against what most people call children working either if it means they don't starve to death. Yeah, all those kids who sort of have jobs picking through garbage just to live? If someone wanted to give them decent employment with decent conditions and a decent wage it sounds good to me.

But some people have this loony image that if they wipe out child labor then those those kids will be going to school in suburbia wearing new blue jeans and sweaters from Walmart. Think again. Their plight in poverty could be a lot worse than having to work, such as not having a job and having no food because of it.

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Even Polaski wants to point fingers at the population-what a load of crap! If the predominant religion of Hinduism would stop valuing cows above kids there would be feed for the kids. And if people like Polanski would get off their population high, and tackle the real problem of corruption and that it is possible to deal with the child labour issue, but nobody wants to talk about religion, then we would have consumers and adults earning decent wages whereby everybodies economics would improve. But while ever nobody wants to tackle the real issue and avoid it by pointing at population, the few like Polanski will continue to sit behind their plush desk denying the fact they havent been sexually satisfied of recent.

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Child labor is, without any doubt, an issue as no children should be deprived of her childhood. This is probably one of the 'excuses' among advanced nations to block imports from these underdeveloped economies -- a complementary form of protectionism if the WTO framework cannot fully protect their own economy. Free Trade = I am FREE to manipulate TRADE provided it matches my taste..this is not right !

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-whoops-thinking of India of course. But anywhere else too, it is the corruption that doesnt want to be talked about. Like oh bother, we might just have to respect the troops or something decent. Each country has individual problems-the Phillipines is another ball game again too-dont nobody go and live on them islands and fish or anything where an abundant life could be pursued now will you-keep striving for them grades thatll work. But Im tired of the population argument and especially when Polaski is the one saying it.

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Remember when America was a baby? Lots of child labor then too.

I started working when I was nine. What's the problem?

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Child labor is, without any doubt, an issue as no children should be deprived of her childhood.

Nice slogan. Look at the kid in the picture. I bet if you went to India, and showed that picture to a lot kids there, they would exclaim how lucky he is. He looks healthy, fed, has a clean shirt and it does not look like the work is especially dangerous.

It was not long ago that lots of kids were expected to work on their families farms. Machinery has largely ended that. But have those societies improved for it? Are the adults we make now more mature, happy, stable and productive? By no means am I saying a child's life should be only work, but neither should it be only leisure and pointless busy work from school teachers. Not to say all my school days were full of pointless busy work, but so much of it was. And none of my teachers taught me anything about making money. They had no idea how. That is a big reason they were teachers, and a big reason I am too!

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So I define work as meaning that you earn an income. I dont mean pocket money from youre ol' man, or doing chores around the house. So the problem @unrenconstructed is the definition of work that you flippantly use. Explain anywhere in this article that it implied chores? I specifically understood it to mean child labour-meaning that a child worked to earn a living and a meal. If you find no problem with that, you would seem to me to be of different minds to me, if you do have a problem with that, youre flippant ues of words would seem to be detracting focus from the population argument I put forward-but maybe you didnt want to understand that either.

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And China leads the world making copied, poor quality, throwaway garbage. And until we shake the addiction and return to quality, built to last goods, child labour will continue to dominate asian production lines, simply because they can.

Precision, quality built goods don't quite fit with child labour, disgraceful as it is.

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Nice slogan. Look at the kid in the picture. I bet if you went to India, and showed that picture to a lot kids there, they would exclaim how lucky he is. He looks healthy, fed, has a clean shirt and it does not look like the work is especially dangerous.

Good point, Mr. Bill. While it would be nice to see children not having to work for a living, it isn't necessarily all that bad. I mean, kids in richer countries who don't work, but often times turn to drugs, gangs, bullying, teenage pregnancy, underage drinking, petty crimes, teenage suicide, and suffer from physical abuse from demanding parents, don't have it that much better. I think the pressures of kids in rich countries to have enough money to buy their Playstations, expensive shoes and clothes, and i-Pods shouldn't be taken lightly. Some people like to think that we need to impose our way of life on these people, but is it really that much better?

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