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Today, International Day Against Child Slavery is important to call attention to the terrible situation they are living millions of children around the world: 400 million children around the world, aged between 4 and 14, are slaves to work and of those, about 165 million are under 5 years . These children are immersed in wars, prostitution , labor exploitation, hunger and abuse .
The slavery of children, listen to your voice
World Day Against Child Slavery is celebrated on April 16 in memory of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy of twelve, who was killed in 1995 by the mafias textiles, after multiple threats to close companies in which all workers children were slaves. This child was known internationally, as with other children got union freedom and began a struggle associated to the release of the millions of child slaves in the world. In memory of Iqbal, a symbol of the 400 million child slaves of today the whole world wants to claim the April 16 as International Day Against Child Slavery.
And is that child labor is increasing worldwide. In the South and in the poorest countries, child labor is multiplied as a result of international trade, technological monopoly, economic policies imposed by international financial institutions and favorable treatment from governments to large international companies.
Children and adolescents are the group most vulnerable and unprotected labor within companies that use outsourcing to minors by poor countries to cut a commodity to be sold elsewhere and that these children never know. These children who are forced to work, must leave his childhood, his status as children, ignoring the game and the school , to become cheap labor.
According to data movement against child slavery, children represent over 10 percent of the labor potential estimated at more than 3,000 million people, and slaves provide some 13,000 million per year to world GDP. It may be a coincidence, but today also marks the World Day of the Voice, we will help launch a cry for help against child slavery .