Child Labor

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Congolese civil rights attorney Hervé Diakiese Kyungu testifying on July 14, 2022, at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. on the use of child labor in China-backed cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Testimony: China-backed cobalt mines in Congo exploit 40,000 child workers

Jul 16, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The mines “are often no more than narrow shafts dug into the ground, which is why children are recruited —... Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in an international conference on eradicating child labor at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, Nov. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: Persistence of child labor is ‘shocking and disturbing’

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

Around 150 million children are forced to work worldwide. Read more


Pope Francis: Free children from ‘brutal yoke of labor exploitation’

Nov 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

An estimated 112 million children work in agricultural settings. Read more

Sister Anthonia Orji, and Rays of Hope Students

This nun aims to get Ghana's children off the streets, and into school

Jul 29, 2020

Child laborers in Ghana work in hard, dangerous jobs, for practically no pay. Sister Anthonia Orji goes out to the... Read more

Bishop: Philippines must end ‘sad reality’ of child labor

Nov 7, 2019

A Catholic bishop in the Philippines is drawing attention to the ongoing problem of child labor in the country, urging... Read more

Do you buy shrimp? You might want to know about this

Nov 9, 2016

By Matt Hadro

When we purchase bananas at the grocery store or eat at a seafood restaurant, we might not think twice about... Read more

Catholic groups say this US bill could fight modern day slave labor

Aug 27, 2015

A proposed federal bill to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the corporate supply chain is an opportunity for... Read more


Pope calls for end to 'plague' of child labor

Jun 12, 2013

Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience.  Read more