By Cherisse Moe
March 2nd, 2009
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) defines child labour as work that exceeds a minimum number of hours, depending on the age of a child and on the type of work. Such work is considered harmful to the child and should therefore be eliminated. There remains no official statistics on the magnitude of child labour in T&T. However, rapid assessment studies conducted by the International Labour Organisation, (ILO), in 2002, uncovered some alarming facts.
Children were found to be engaged, in what the ILO considers to be the worst forms of child labour —agriculture, scavenging, domestic work and commercial sexual activity. Additionally, all child labourers, except those engaged in commercial sexual activity, worked long hours on a daily basis, for meager remuneration.