Child labour a serious problem in Italy

(AGI) Rome, June 11 - At least 168 million children andteenagers worldwide are forced to work, including 85 millionwho do very risky jobs. Agriculture employs the most, with 98million, but children and teenagers also work at home, in themines or factories, often in conditions of extreme danger andexploitation. Sub-Saharan Africa is the area with the highestincidence of child labour. However, there is also child labour in Italy, involving atleast 340,000 children under 16, of who 28,000 are involved inactivities very dangerous to their safety, health and at thelimits of exploitation. This,

(AGI) Rome, June 11 - At least 168 million children andteenagers worldwide are forced to work, including 85 millionwho do very risky jobs. Agriculture employs the most, with 98million, but children and teenagers also work at home, in themines or factories, often in conditions of extreme danger andexploitation. Sub-Saharan Africa is the area with the highestincidence of child labour. However, there is also child labour in Italy, involving atleast 340,000 children under 16, of who 28,000 are involved inactivities very dangerous to their safety, health and at thelimits of exploitation. This, says Save The Children and theInternational Labour Organisation, in the run up to World DayAgainst Child Labour on Friday, is why "it is urgent to adopt anational plan on child labour and the fight against andprevention of the exploitation of the labour of children andteenagers in our country". According to Save the Children's"Game Over" research, 7 percent of children in the seven to 15age group years in Italy are involved in child labour. Morethan two in three of these (between 14 and 15 years-old) aremale and about 7 percent are foreign. Eleven percent ofteenagers who work - approximately 28,000 - are involved in theworst forms of child labour, working nights or ongoingly, withthe real risk of compromising their education and not evenminimum space for fun and games or the necessary rest. Thebiggest proportion of them (44.9 percent) work in familyactivities, while for those working outside the family circle,the main areas are catering with 43 percent, crafts at 20percent and work in the fields with 20 percent. .