ILAB – Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor


The Department of Labor’s annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor focuses on the efforts of 144 U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The report presents:

  • Findings on the prevalence and sectoral distribution of the worst forms of child labor in each country.
  • Country-specific suggestions for government action (since 2010).
  • Individual country assessments that identify where Significant, Moderate, Minimal, or No Advancement has been made (since 2011).

To see a selection of the reports, click here.


Ad Puts Children ‘On Sale’ To Raise Child Labor Awareness

This ad campaign by KBS+P for World Vision Canada aims to drive home the poignant message that ‘No child should ever be for sale’, via the use of satire. 

The first two videos, of the ‘No Child For Sale’ campaign, shows a child that is far from his/her teenage years, toiling away at the sewing machine or working hard at a ‘construction site’. 

The presenters tell the audience that these children are ‘for sale’ and can work for up to 16 or 18 hours a day. The ads remind us that what we see is pretty much the same fate that some unfortunate children in the world face on a daily basis.



Blood in the Mobile – film review

“A hardhitting documentary that shows us the appalling price paid in Africa to sate our obession for mobile phones” writes Peter Bradshaw.

There could hardly be anything more contemporary than a movie about the mobile phones to which we are all addicted, and the dirty little secret of their manufacture.

They all require the mineral coltan for electronic components, much of which is mined in a lawless eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



Children of the Congo who risk their lives to supply our mobile phones

You handle conflict minerals every time you use your mobile phone – but business has the power to change the situation, says filmmaker Frank Piasecki Poulsen

In unsafe mines deep underground in eastern Congo, children are working to extract minerals essential for the electronics industry. The profits from the minerals finance the bloodiest conflict since the second world war; the war has lasted nearly 20 years and has recently flared up again.