Child Labor and Human Trafficking


Our mission at Orphan’s Lifeline International is to save orphaned children… that means lost, abandoned, forgotten, mistreated, abused and even abducted children.  Along with our mission come the harsh realities of cruel people, sometimes even family members, who force children into hard labor and sexual exploitation.  Below you will see statistics and information on just a few of the countries where we strive to save orphans.  In the first section, under each country you will see the number of children in that country that are believed to be in forced labor and their percentage of the child population.  In the second section, you will see detailed information about Human Trafficking (including orphans) in 3 of the countries that we work in.


Child labor- children ages 5-14

This entry gives the percent of children aged 5-14 (or the age range specified) engaged in child labor. We define “child labor” as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous and harmful to children. Such labor may deprive them of the opportunity to attend school, oblige them to leave school prematurely, or require them to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work. In its most extreme forms, child labor involves children being enslaved, separated from their families, exposed to serious hazards and illnesses, and/or left to fend for themselves on the streets of large cities – often at a very early age.



Total Number:  2,587,205

Percentage:  21% (2006 est.)



Total Number:  264,965,074

Percentage:  12% (2006 est.)



Total Number:  2,146,058

Percentage:  26% (2000 est.)



Total Number:  1,105,617

Percentage:  5% (2009 est.)



Total Number:  117,266

Percentage:  25%

note:  data represents children ages 5-17 (2010 est.)


Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons is modern-day slavery, involving victims who are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. The International Labor Organization (ILO), the UN agency charged with addressing labor standards, employment, and social protection issues, estimates that 12.3 million people worldwide are enslaved in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor, sexual servitude, and involuntary servitude at any given time. Human trafficking is a multi-dimensional threat, depriving people of their human rights and freedoms, risking global health, promoting social breakdown, inhibiting development by depriving countries of their human capital, and helping fuel the growth of organized crime.



Current Situation:  Russia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, although labor trafficking is the predominant problem; people from Russia and other countries in Europe, Central Asia, and Asia, including Vietnam and North Korea, are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Russia’s construction,
manufacturing, agriculture, repair shop, and domestic services industries, as well as forced begging and narcotics cultivation; North Koreans contracted under bilateral government arrangements to work in the timber industry in the Russian Far East reportedly are subjected to forced labor; Russian women and children were reported to be victims of sex trafficking in Russia, Northeast Asia, Europe,
Central Asia, and the Middle East, while women from European, African, and Central Asian countries were reportedly forced into prostitution in Russia.


Current Situation: Kenya is a source, transit, and destination country for adults and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; Kenyan children are forced to work in domestic service, agriculture, fishing, cattle herding, street vending, begging, and prostitution; Kenyan economic migrants to other East African countries, South Sudan, Europe, the US, and the Middle East are at times exploited in domestic servitude, massage parlors or brothels, or forced manual labor; children from Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda are subjected to forced labor and prostitution in Kenya; Somali refugees living in the Dadaab complex may be forced into prostitution or work on tobacco farms.


Current Situation: Haiti is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; many of Haiti’s trafficking cases involve children recruited to live with families in other towns in the hope of going to school but who instead become forced domestic servants known as restaveks; restaveks are vulnerable to abuse and make up a large proportion of Haiti’s population of street children, who are forced into prostitution, begging, and street crime by violent gangs; Haitians are exploited in forced labor in the Dominican Republic, elsewhere in the Caribbean, and the US, and some Dominican women are forced into prostitution in Haiti;  women and children living in camps for internally displaced people are at increased risk of sex trafficking and forced labor.


There is a desperate need here and we encourage you to join us in the battle to save these young human lives!