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Child Labor Numbers Have Dropped by 1/3 Since 2000

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The number of child laborers worldwide has dropped significantly according to a new report released this week by the International Labor Organization (ILO), falling from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012. Child labor among girls is falling most quickly — by 40% compared to 25% for boys — and the greatest progress was made between 2008 and 2012. That’s a good sign; it shows that child labor can reduced even during times of financial crisis.

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