Pope slams exploitation of children


VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday railed against the “deplorable” exploitation of children in domestic work, saying cases of child labor were on the rise in poor countries and affect young girls in particular.

“There are millions of minors, mostly young girls, who are victims of this form of hidden exploitation which often includes sexual abuse, poor treatment and discrimination,” he said in a message to mark World Day Against Child Labor.

Francis called on the international community “to take ever more effective measures to fight this plague,” which he said was “a deplorable phenomenon constantly on the increase.”

According to figures published on Wednesday by the International Labor Organization (ILO), an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide are working as domestic workers in people’s homes.


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