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Countries should ban the import of goods produced by child labor: Would the ban help children get education?

  • Banning Goods Produced by Child Labor: An Imperfect Solution

    Should countries ban import of goods produced by child labor? Will doing so help children get education? I believe that countries should ban imports of the products of child labor on humanitarian grounds because young children are being expolited and possibly injured and deprived of education. Working may indeed prevent them from ever attending school. Banning these goods is not, however, a perfect soution to the probelm of the kids being deprived of education. It could be that when the children are not allowed to work they will be sent to school and educated. On the other hand if a family is so poor that it needs to send its children out to work, how likely is it that if the child is not working the parents will be financially able to send the child to school or that there is even a school existing/available? It is good to ban imports of child labor but having done so we should not assume all is well. Something even worse could replace the child's factory work, even prostitution. In such cases the whole society may be in trouble with no easy solutions.

  • The other country ban on the import of goods produced by child labor would not help children get an education.

    The other country ban on the import of goods produced by child labor would not help children get an education. The only thing that it would do is take away valuable wage earning roles and responsibilities for children, they would have nothing to do all day because in those countries, the education system is often very bad.


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