Accra – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released its 2013 global report on child labour, entitled “Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends 2000-2012“. The report report provides the most recent and wide-ranging assessment currently available on the extent of child labour, internationally and regionally, and international efforts to stop it.
The largest number of child labourers is found in the Asia-Pacific region but this region also registered the largest decline during 2008-2012 (from 114 million to 78 million for the 5-17 years age group). Child labourers in other regions in 2012 numbered 59.0 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, 12.5 million in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and 9.2 million in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
In Latin America, numbers remain relatively low but persistent, especially in hazardous work.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest incidence, despite a decline in incidence from 25.3 per cent in 2008 to 21.4 per cent in 2012. It means that the risk of child labour is highest for children in sub-Saharan Africa (one child in every five is in child labour), even though there has been a decline there.