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A by-the-numbers look at children caught up in child labour worldwide

June 02, 2016 - 1:05 AM

OTTAWA - The federal government is set to sign an international convention against child labour. It's part of worldwide efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour this year and eliminate all by 2020. Here are some facts and figures about children at work:

168 million: Estimated number of child labourers in 2013

44: Percentage of child labourers who are between the ages of 5 and 11

85 million: Children worldwide who do hazardous work

98 million: Child workers in the agricultural sector worldwide

78 million: Child workers in the Asia-Pacific region, the highest total worldwide

21: Percentage of children in Sub-Saharan Africa who are in child labour, making it the region with the highest incidence rate in the world.

40: Percentage drop between 2000 and 2012 in the number of girls working around the world.

25: Percentage drop between 2000 and 2012 in the number of boys working.

(Source: International Labour Organization)

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