Nuanced Approach needed for Child Labor Laws

Nishkamya's Blog

The Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi has brought to light child labor issues with a big bang. This is fantastic news.  Kailash Satyarthi has done seminal work around “atrocity labor” that distressed children in India are involved in. He is a true karma yogi, in that he has gone into the bowels of the darkest places where these children are employed to rescue them.

The asymmetry between suppliers (the poor parents & missing children) of this labor and those that utilize this labor (the employer, agriculturist, mine, brothel and other owner) has led to extreme exploitation, which would be hard for us armchair types to comprehend. I will not expound on that, since this write up needs some distance and the nature of misery these kids go through would have any normal person baying for a ban on child labor, let alone people like Satyarthi who have gone into…

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