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Over 160 million children at risk or enslaved in forced labor: ILO

12 June 2016 11:33

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More than 160 million children across the globe remain at risk of or entrapped in forced labor despite a declining trend, the International Labor Organization (ILO) says.

The announcement came ahead of the World Day against Child Labor that is marked on Sunday. ILO added that child labor around the world has declined by nearly one-third in the past decade, Reuters reported on Saturday.

The high number of child labor has been attributed to surging crises and conflicts around the world.

According to the organization, the reduced rate of child labor in the past decade is due to international standards now in place, and that currently employers and businesses are generally expected to eliminate child labor from their supply chains.

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