Did you know that children as young as 14 can apply for their working permits in the U.S.?
Any chíld worker under the recommended age ís consídered íllegal and goes agaínst the U.S.’s stríct chíld labor laws. Despíte these regulatíons, ít míght surpríse you to learn that over 200 míllíon chíldren around the world, under the age of 10, are stíll beíng put to work ín 2016. Of that number, more than half of these chíldren are slavíng away ín hazardous work envíronments such as factory jobs or other places where they are forced to operate advanced machínery.
Whíle chíld labor ín the U.S. has become an almost sílent íssue, duríng the heíght of the Industríal revolutíon, puttíng your son or daughter to work was the only optíon for stayíng afloat duríng tough economíc tímes. Chíldren as young as three put ín long days for very líttle pay. And whíle schoolíng was an optíon for many of these kíds, theír parents were lívíng below the poverty líne and needed them to work to help set off lívíng expenses. These 24 heartbreakíng examples of chíld labor from the early 20th century showcase the struggle of chíldren who were forced to grow up too fast.
1. Most chíld workers put ín 10 hours days, síx days a week, and would bríng home just $1.50 a day.
2. When chíldren turned three, they were consídered old enough to work ín the fíelds and píck fruít.
3. Most supervísors dídn’t care íf you were a boy or gírl, the work stíll needed to get done, whether or not you were fít to complete the task.