Child Labor Position

In  Bangladesh  child  workers  are less  expensive  than  adult  workers. Many employers  consider  children  capable  of  hard  work,  easy  to  control,  and  less Demanding. Some reserve dirty or low status works for children because adults are

Unwilling to do them. The  rates of  child labor  are higher  among boys  than girls (17.5% vs. 8.1%) and slightly higher among children living in rural areas relative to those  in  urban  areas.  Child labor is also  exceptionally  high  in  the  indigenous communities  (18%).  About  45%  of  child laborers  do  not  attend  school.  A  large proportion of  children’s works such as domestic  work, commercial sex work, and smuggling  in  Bangladesh are  hidden  and  therefore unlikely  to  be captured  in the official figures. Children also provide services that are unlikely to be defined as work,such as housework, caring for younger children, running household errands, collecting water  and  fuel  wood, looking  after  livestock, and  contributing to  household crop production (UNICEF).


In Bangladesh poverty is the main reason of child labor. Poverty is strongly positively correlated with child labor. Free and compulsory education of good quality up to age 20 year to enter into employment is a key tool in preventing child labor. Poverty  is  multidimensional  and  can  be  considered  from  different  perspective  as  absolute and relative poverty, below $1.00 per person per day poverty, human poverty, human dignity/human rights-based approach to poverty.The children of poor families of Bangladesh suffer from hunger and mental agony which harms a child’s development. Some of the children from these families have to go in works instead of going to school, which is against child rights. About 40% of the siblings and the children in Bangladesh are earning members of the family.


The domestic working children have to work from morning to mid-night without any break and find very low qualities of food and also very low qualities of dresses.  Servants in Dhaka city and more than 20% of child domestic workers were between 5 and 10 years old.


In  the  construction  industry  in  Bangladesh,  children  are  used  in  stone Breaking. In the construction or welding sectors about all employers eager to employ the children, as these risky works are often avoided by the adults with low wages. It is estimated that 30% of construction workers are children. Where usually they have to work from morning to 11 pm.