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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Child labour in mines in Madagascar
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  Robert Biedroń (S&D). – Madam President, work in adulthood is called, well, work, but work during childhood should be called what it should be: play, education and development. Therefore, the phrase ‘child labour’ is an oxymoron in itself.

Unfortunately, children as young as five make up more than half the number of miners in Madagascar. This means that at least 11 000 children are extracting mica, a mineral which is used for everything from make up to car paint. Do you know what this means? Those children are working for us – Europeans – as well. In Madagascar people strongly depend on mining and the income it provides, but the exploitation of children must stop, and we must start to stop it here, and stop our own hypocrisy, adopting legislation which will ban child exploitation worldwide.

 
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