| || Numerous brickyards have set up shop in the vicinity of Agra, a metropolis in northern India. The unskilled work practised in this type of factory is often assigned to children, who are skilful and docile workers. In Asia, 19% of the children between 5 and 14 years of age are in child labour, and work for the most part in unsafe conditions (in mines, with machinery or on contact with toxic substances). Girls are either in charge of house chores, or work in farming or in small shops. The money these children earn is essential to the survival of destitute families. No drastic measures could solve such a sensitive issue: children excluded from workshops are compelled into even harder jobs, or into the sex industry.
Nevertheless, certain governments and international institutions have transitional solutions for enabling children to combine work and school, or financially assisting families who cannot afford to keep their child at school. Today, there are approximately 248 million children aged 5-17 in child labour worldwide, 58% of whom work in highly hazardous conditions that prove harmful for their physical and mental health.
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