The road to hell is paved with good intentions … and so it is with child labour laws. Far from freeing children from a life of misery, in many cases it has exacerbated life’s woes.
In Bangaldesh, for example, when textile factories could no longer employ children (in heinous conditions, to be sure), the theory was that they would start going to school. Not one instance of a child labourer going to school could be found. So while we in the West could wear our $5 T-shirts with a clear(er) conscious, many children turned to prostitution.