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Child labor has become an increasingly pertinent issue from the global perspective. In certain countries, workers are as young as 3 to 15, and they are required to engage in laborious tasks that many adults would not be able to do. These conditions are especially prevalent within poorer families, where people are unable to earn the income to support themselves. Many groups and organizations are vying to end child labor, but in some areas, such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, the number of child laborers actually increased within the past couple of years. This is an extremely widespread problem, because many of these tasks restrict children’s education, social skills, and basic human rights.

The article’s points are both similar and different in many ways depending on the region they are from. In the article the authors made clear that these children participating in child labor in turn don’t receive an education. There are some regions where education is made available while in other regions there is absolutely no form of education and therefore these children have to resort to labor. The region’s in which education is available is most often not enforced. Most children will not go to school and instead work to help support their parents put bread on the table. All of these issues arise in under developed countries where people will partake in any means to survive. In all the articles, children are extremely eager for work, and therefore will accept very dangerous jobs. The articles from the different regions were also dissimilar in many ways. The pay was different depending on each country and region. In some places the pay was equivalent to forty cents, while in other places it was one or two dollars. These payments depended on how developed the country or region is. The conditions of labor in each article were also different. In some regions in Africa, the children had to perform very hazardous tasks, while in other regions the children’s tasks were as simple as carrying water to the other workers. The outlooks of these authors were also differing. Many authors illustrated child labor as a very accepting and normal part of life. In many regions child labor is looked upon as a tradition, while in other places like the U.S., child labor is portrayed as immoral. The U.S. is working to abolish child labor all together, while other countries have laws against child labor but don’t enforce it. Child labor is a global issue that is being addressed by various countries.

The target audiences for each article are the citizens of the author’s country. The authors’ strategies are to appeal to the emotions and how they relate to citizens. The United States, for example, discusses bonded child labor, a particularly harsh form of child labor in India where children are forced to work their entire lives without a chance for an education. In America, people often take their opportunities for an education for granted. By reading this article, Americans learn to appreciate all the opportunities they have, and are stimulated to help those who are less fortunate. In the UK, the media uses and unbiased approach to the issue, delivering facts from both ends of the spectrum, those from the outside perspective and the feelings of those associated with the child labor industry. Articles written in Africa, where child labor is a serious issue, contain a bias seeking to combat child labor in that region. The facts explain that child labor is a dangerous and serious issue. It also mentions the lack of government stability, “By law, children under 18 are prohibited from performing dangerous tasks, but these laws are rarely enforced,” (Africa 2). Each article leaves out sources from children affected by the child labor industry.

One question that was prompted was, “How do the children themselves feel about working everyday?” The answer to this question has global significance, because in most articles, we were provided with multiple facts and analyses, but they rarely showed the perspectives of children who were actually working. If we are living in a global world, it is imperative that everyone’s opinions are heard, and news sources are not just biased towards a certain group. Most people are against child labor, but a lot of news sources we looked at originated from western media. It’s also important to realize the differing viewpoints between outsiders and people of the original country. We might answer this question by researching using more varied sources, such as listening to television or radio interviews or looking at more newspapers written by citizens of the actual country.

 
 
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