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Pope decries the slavery of child labour

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “This is a plague,” Pope Francis said on the World Day Against Child Labour, June 12. He told people at his weekly general audience that he hoped the international community could find more effective means to stop the exploitation of boys and girls in jobs that are often dangerous and in situations where they are subjected to all kinds of abuse.

“These people, instead of letting them play, make them slaves,” the pope said. 

Pope Francis added, “All children have a right to play, study, pray and grow within their own families in an atmosphere of harmony, love and serenity. It is their right and our obligation.” 

 

For 2013, the International Labour Organisation, which sponsors the World Day Against Child Labour, focussed on the estimated 10.5 million children who do domestic work—cleaning, ironing, cooking, collecting water, looking after other children or caring for elderly people—in other people’s homes. ......

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