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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
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close this folder5. Strategies to address child slavery
close this folder5.1 THE PROBLEM OF CHILD SLAVERY
View the documentThe nature of the problem
View the documentThe extent of the problem
Open this folder and view contents5.2 INTERNATIONAL ACTION AGAINST CHILD SLAVERY
Open this folder and view contents5.3 NATIONAL LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Open this folder and view contents5.4 ACTION AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
Open this folder and view contents5.5 DEVELOPING COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMES OF ACTION
View the documentBibliography on child slavery
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Open this folder and view contents8. Awareness-raising
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5.1 THE PROBLEM OF CHILD SLAVERY

Slavery is not dead. Societies are loath to admit it, but child slavery is alive and is the most extreme stage in the exploitation of child labour, one of the most reprehensible practices of our time and a blatant violation of national and international human rights.

This chapter gives an overview of the nature and extent of the problem of child slavery and the consequences for the victims. It describes the constraints that impede action against it and outlines relevant legal instruments. It highlights initiatives that are yielding encouraging results in preventing this scourge, as well as in rescuing and rehabilitating bonded children. It suggests ways to expand and accelerate these initiatives by linking them more directly with national programmes and international mechanisms specifically designed to combat child slavery. The chapter concludes by presenting strategies for comprehensive action against child bondage, child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. A bibliography on child slavery is included.

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