One and a half of million children still toil as laborers in Cambodia’s fisheries, brick factories, agricultural plantations and construction sites, government officials said at an event held at Phnom Penh‘s Wat Botum ahead of World Day Against Child Labor on Tuesday.

“The worst provinces for child labor in the country are Kompong Cham, Pursat, Siem Reap, and Prey Veng, as well as Kep and Kampot provinces, where children toil in the salt fields and fisheries,” said Vann Ratana, head of inspection of child labor at the ministry.

Most child servants in bonded domestic labor are about 14-17 years old and have no opportunity to attend school, according to Mr. Socheat, Licadho’s child rights advocacy coordinator, who added that they are also vulnerable to abuse by their employers.

Children aged 13-15 years are allowed to engage in light work that is not detrimental to their health and does not prevent them from attending school. However, the government believes there are still some 253, 000 children in the country engaged in dangerous and heavy work. (Cited from The Cambodia Daily)

Source: The Cambodia Daily, June 11th, 2012.


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