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Child labour shows increasing trend in Bhutan

Aug 27, 2012

Although many cases of child labour in Bhutan go unreported, records with Renew (Respect, educate, nurture, empower women) show that it has been growing over the years.

Between 2008 and 2011, five cases of child labour were registered with the centre, and five more in the early half of 2012, which translates to 10 cases in four years. But most of the cases remain either hidden or unreported.

The centre’s spokesperson said that child labourers in Bhutan comprise mostly girls who work as domestic helpers. Many are trafficked into the country from across the border, but there are a significant number of young Bhutanese too. These children, some of them as young as 10, are mostly overworked, mistreated and poorly paid.

“Most of them are not only physically and emotionally abused, some of them are also abused sexually by their employers,” she said.

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