ASGM roadmap to eliminate child labor and formalize ASGM sector

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The ASGM sector has long been a neglected sector which is plagued by poor working conditions and child labor. Workers usually do not have fair labor contracts, healthcare or social security, or even protective equipment for mining.

Child work in mining is also a big issue; it is considered one of the worst forms of child labor. In 2009 ILO estimated that around 18,000 Filipino children work in small-scale mining and quarrying. Child miners crush rock, haul ore or are involved in sluicing, panning or smelting. They carry heavy loads, work long hours and are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals such as mercury. Children’s bodies are still developing and such work conditions and toxic exposure negatively impact their physical and mental development.

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