World Day Against Child Labour
Protecting against counterfeiting isn’t just about money and consumers, it’s also about safeguarding those caught up in the illegal and sometimes dangerous activity.
Counterfeiting is linked to criminal activity such as terrorism, drug trafficking human trafficking and money-laundering, and in some instances, the countefeit goods are produced in sweatshops that are notorious for exploiting child labour. This appalling work was brought to consumer’s attention over 10 years ago in a book by Dana Thomas, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, and again in a Harper’s Bazaar investigative story 'The Fight Against Fakes' in which Dana describes horrific instances of child labour and cruelty.
According to the Alliance 8.7 Global Estimates of Child Labour Report, there are still an estimated 152 million children (aged 5-17) around the world in child labour and half of those are involved in hazardous work that directly endangers their health, safety, and moral development. No child should be subjected to such conditions and every child should have the chance to enjoy a childhood that is rightfully theirs.
That is why, on World Day against Child Labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) are campaigning to end child labour and improve the safety & health of young workers, with the aim for every child to be free from child labour. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said, “Children are more vulnerable to risk than adults. Urgent action is needed to ensure no child under the age of 18 is in hazardous child labour”.
Yellow Brand Protection is committed to the campaign in helping eradicate child labour around the world by working with brands to detect and remove counterfeit goods sold online.
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