RAICHUR, India, 5 August 2010 – Mani, 14, was beaten when she tried to chat with other children working in the cotton fields. If the children attempted to sing, play a brief game or slowed their work – due to dizziness from pesticide fumes or the intense heat – the landowner would hit them with a tree branch.
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This is one story of many many that are out there. There are 218 million child laborers in the world. 14% of all children between 5 and 17 years are child laborers. 1 in 7 children around the world is a child laborer. Think of 7 kids you know and then imagine one of them working all day, like Mani, and being abused. What would have happened to Mani (and many other children) if UNICEF and organizations like that did not help? Think of what the stats would look like then, maybe there would be 2or 3 in7 children around the world in child labor!? What can you do to help children like Mani? Or what can you do to prevent child labor?