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Myanmar: More than 600,000 Children Doing Hazardous Work in Myanmar: ILO June 14,2019   |  Source: Irrawaddy

Over 600,000 child laborers in Myanmar are engaged in hazardous work, according to a workforce survey conducted by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The ILO released the figures at a press conference on Tuesday in Yangon held in advance of the World Day against Child Labor, which was marked worldwide the following day.

According to the survey report, 1.13 million children aged 5 to 17 years, or 9.3 percent of Myanmar’s child population, are involved in labor. Around half of them—616,815, or 5.1 percent of the child population—are trapped in hazardous work likely to harm their physical, mental or moral development. Of the children doing hazardous work, 24.1 percent are 12-14 years old, while 74.6 percent are 15-17 years old. The 12-14 age group tends to work very long hours, the report noted. The major sectors in which child labor occurs are agriculture (60.5 percent); manufacturing (12 percent); and another broad category that includes wholesale/retail businesses, auto repair shops and other commercial enterprises (11 percent).

“The elimination of child labor is related to economic development, improved social standards and educational development,” said U Nyunt Win, director general of the Factories and General Labor Laws Inspection Department.

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