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How to Avoid Supporting Child Labor

Learn how to avoid buying products that have been made using forced or indentured child labor.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Go to the Department of Labor website Go to the Department of Labor (DOL) site for child labor's legal definition. It includes work by persons 15 and under, and certain jobs by persons under 18.
  • Step 2: Visit the Immigration and Customs Enforcement site Go to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website. Read the Forced Child Labor Advisory to learn about federal laws against child labor.
  • Step 3: Learn about types of goods made with child labor Learn about types of goods commonly made with child labor. Read the DOL's "List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor."
  • TIP: Common items made with child labor include hand-knotted rugs, apparel, footwear, furniture, glassware, bricks, leather goods, and gemstones.
  • Step 4: Check for anti-child labor product labels Check for anti-child labor product labels such as Rugmark and Goodweave labels in rugs, as well as "union made" labels in many other products.
  • TIP: GreenAmerica.org and UniteHere.org offer lists of manufacturers of union-made apparel and other goods.
  • Step 5: Find the registered identification number Find the registered identification number (RN) on labels. Check a product's origin by entering its RN into the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) database.
  • Step 6: Support anti-child labor causes Support anti-child labor causes. Go to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) website for their list of child rights' support organizations. Now you know that the products you buy aren't made by exploited children.
  • FACT: The UN's International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated the worldwide child laborer population at over 215 million in 2008.

You Will Need

  • Internet research
  • Product labels
  • Commitment
  • Dedication

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