child labor


China’s Child Modelling Industry Continues to Thrive Despite Controversies

Children are said to be exposed to grueling work hours, parental pressure, and physical abuse.
Meera Navlakha

A Chat with Nestle's Former COO About Cocoa and Child Labor

Jose Lopez helped transform the company from an organization censured for human rights violations to one with an enviable reputation for sustainability and social responsibility.
Joe Sandler Clarke
The Road to Nowhere Issue

Bangladeshi Sweatshops Continue to Imperil Workers’ Lives

In 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed, killing more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers. Despite the news coverage, sweatshops aren't much better today.
Larry Towell

The Kids Who Live and Work in Indonesian Graveyards

Riski is seven years old and spends nearly all his time in Pondok Kelapa Public Cemetery, where he's a sort of funeral director, gravedigger, and night watchman.
Dennis Destryawan
The Do It Well and Leave Something Witchy Issue

An Inside Look at Human Trafficking in Nepal

Nothing better sums up the odd relationship between traffickers, children, reporters, and the police than a visit to a sari factory in Thankot, on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Dan Archer

Bolivia Passed a Law Allowing Ten-Year-Olds to Work

For the 850,000 kids there who already work, the law is a huge victory: Children, just like adults, will now be entitled to a minimum wage, and they'll have full protection under the law. Of course, the dangers are obvious, too. Did Bolivia just create...
VICE Staff

Syrian Children Become Young Breadwinners in Jordan

Three months ago, a car mechanic in the Jordan Valley decided to do a neighboring Syrian family a favor. From 8 AM to 8 PM, six days a week, their eldest son, 12-year-old Abdullah, could toil in his shop, in heat that locals describe as "fire." The boy...
Elizabeth Whitman

Meet the Children and Pregnant Women Carrying Rocks All Day for Albania's Mining Pirates

According to the Confederation of Trade Unions of Albania, 88 miners have died in their line of work only in the last five years. Many more have been severely injured or crippled. No one really knows how many deaths and injuries occur in the informal...
Axel Kronholm

Is Obama Going to Do Anything About Dangerous Child Labor on Southern Tobacco Farms?

Short answer: Probably not.
Matt Taylor

Child Workers of the World, Unite!

In Bolivia, some NGOs and activists have been trying—seemingly against all good sense—to lower the legal working age from 14 to six years old. This idea hasn't been suggested by mine owners or the far right, but by the kids who belong to the Union of...
VICE Staff
The What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue

Unaccompanied Miners - Bolivia's Cerro Rico Mine

Jackson and I were on a mission to find child miners. Jackson was nervous, with good reason—sixty kids died from cave-ins and other accidents in the Cerro Rico in 2008 alone. In a country as poor as Bolivia, just because tourists—or children—are...
Wes Enzinna