Save the Children: Recession brings about more child exploitation cases

“Save the Children” Romania warns about the worrying number of children at risk to be exploited through labour, given that living standards are severely affected by recession, and over 2,000 children exposed to this risk were socially assisted in 2009. Save the Children reports that the number of children exploited through labour is much higher than the official figures supplied by the National Authority for Family Protection and Child Rights (ANPFDC).

Thus, if ANPFDC reported, in December 2009, that 412 children in Romania were being exploited through labour (begging included), studies in the field indicate, according to the organisation, a much more dramatic statistics.

“In December 2009, Save the Children education centres dealt with the cases of 2,405 children exposed to the risk of exploitation through labour,” is stated in a release remitted to Mediafax. The organisation points out that, according to the report on child labour in Romania, drawn up in 2004 by the National Institute of Statistics, the number of underage children engaged in serious labour in urban and rural areas amounted to approximately 70,000, 8.8 per cent of whom were expected to perform hard tasks, and, in 96.6 per cent of the cases, regulations regarding age and working hours were ignored.

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