• Wednesday, August 10, 2022


UK aid aims to tackle child labour and trafficking in the Commonwealth

Indian students hold placards during a demonstration against ‘child labour’ on the occasion of International Labour Day at a Senior Study School in Amritsar on May 1, 2015. Countries across the world celebrate May 1, as International Labour Day. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that two hundred fifty million children between the ages of five and fourteen work in developing countries, and at least one hundred twenty million work on a full time basis. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

Child labourers in countries from Bangladesh to India and police and prosecutors fighting human trafficking in nations such as Sri Lanka and Zambia will receive support through a £5.5 million ($7.8 million) aid package, Britain said on Wednesday (18). More than half of the money will help several Commonwealth nations tackle child labour in industries including agriculture, construction and the garment sector, said Britain’s interior ministry (Home Office) and its foreign aid department (DFID). The rest of the aid will be split between strengthening law enforcement and justice systems to fight human trafficking, and supporting tough new legislation in countries…

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