Despite the United Nations declared goal of eradicating child labor by 2025, its rate of decline remains much slower than it would be to achieve the goal. Child labor seems to continue to be a phenomenon that is mainly rooted in poor societies.
According to the most recent estimates (2017) of the International Labor Organization (ILO), 152 million children (64 million girls and 88 million boys) in child labor (aged 5-14) represent a total of 10 % of all children. Almost half of the children working – 73 million in absolute terms – are in dangerous work that endangers their health, safety and moral development. The total number of children in employment, resulting from the calculation of both child labor and the employment of children over the legal working age (15-17 years), amounts to 218 million.