Thousands of Bangladesh child labourers work 64 hours a week - study

2016-12-07 13:28
A Bangladeshi child works at balloon factory in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

A Bangladeshi child works at balloon factory in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

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Dhaka – A new study says thousands of Bangladeshi children who live in the capital's slums are working an average of 64 hours a week.

The study, released on Wednesday by the London-based Overseas Development Institute, says many of those children are employed in garment factories that make clothing for top global brands.

The study is based on a survey of 2 700 slum households in Dhaka. It found that 15% of children aged 6-14 were not attending school so they could work full time.

In Bangladesh, it is illegal for children under the age of 14 to work.

Authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Bangladesh's garment industry, the world's second-largest after China, provides an economic lifeline for the impoverished country, accounting for some $25bn in annual exports.

Read more on:    bangladesh  |  child labour

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