Ching-Ching Ni: China’s Use of Child Labor Emerges From the Shadows

From the May 13 Los Angeles Times:

The Chinese government officially forbids children under 16 from working, but critics say it does little to enforce the law. Statistics are hard to come by, but in some estimates, as many as 10 million school-age children are doing their part to turn China into a low-cost manufacturing powerhouse. China’s one-child policy may have produced a generation of spoiled “little emperors” in the nation’s relatively wealthy cities, but poverty and lopsided development have driven a disproportionate number of rural children out of the classrooms and into lives of labor.


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