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2. Somalia

39.8% of children between the ages of 5 to 14, numbering around 1,012,863, are child laborers in Somalia. Only half of children within this age range attend school. Fishing, threshing grain, and livestock raising are just some of the agricultural activities where Somali children are employed to work as labor. Construction and mining industries operating within the country also use children as part of the workforce. Children are also seen begging on the streets, hawking, and minibus conducting. Children are also engaged in armed conflicts, illegal and anti-national activities. Sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children are also not uncommon. The high rates of poverty prevailing in Somalia often force parents to surrender their children to the labor world. Education system in the country is poorly developed due to the high social, economic and political insecurity prevailing in the country.

10 countries where child labor is brutal

Maplecroft’s Child Labor Index has pinpointed these countries as being the worst of the worst, with children being forced into backbreaking labor, war, and sex trades.

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