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Child labor news and analysis from The Nation
May 23, 2017
Is Banning Child Labor Really That Controversial?
Child labor can’t be outlawed by fiat—it needs to be defeated by economic empowerment for whole communities.
December 12, 2016
These Photos Show the People Who Turn a Cotton Plant Into Your Jeans
Following the path of cotton from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh to your local mall.
November 30, 2016
Elaine Chao, Ruined Department of Labor, Picked to Ensure Safety of Nation’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Under her leadership, the Department of Labor routinely ignored complaints about wage theft and workplace safety.
August 15, 2016
India’s New Child-Labor Loophole
s new child-labor bill is a cause for celebration for the bosses, not children and human-rights advocates.
February 23, 2016
Congress Has Only Now Banned Slave Labor in US Imports
Congress just passed legislation to close a loophole that’s allowed Americans to import slave-made goods for decades.
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July 1, 2015
TPP Could Actually Make Working Conditions Worse in Vietnam
The free market won’t break the country’s manufacturers’ reliance on forced labor, child labor, and dismal wages.
December 22, 2014
Is Your Favorite Chocolate the Product of Child Labor?
An estimated half-million to 1.5 million children are involved in the cocoa trade.
October 22, 2014
Kailash Satyarthi’s Heroism
The Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner has repeatedly risked his life fighting child labor and sweatshop abuses.
October 10, 2014
This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winners Are Radicals—and That’s a Good Thing
Don’t overlook the fact that Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai have challenged economic and political elites, including multinational corporations and President Obama.
July 18, 2014
How ‘Corporate Responsibility’ Campaigns Can Actually End Up Hurting Workers
Samsung’s moral corrective had been issued on paper, but it did not translate so well for the Chinese workers.