Agriculture & Domestic Work

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Many children do work that might not seem to be child labour. They work around the home or on the land, for their parents or for someone else. They often work seven days a week, with no holidays. Many may not get paid. However, because they work full time and don’t go to school, it is still child labour.

Stripping the rice grains off the 
Stripping the rice grains off the stalks

Children working in agriculture often herd animals. They walk long distances in the hot sun to find fields for grazing. They’re responsible for the animals’ food and care and for cleaning the animal pens. Children also work in the fields, planting, weeding and harvesting vegetable crops or flowers. It’s back-breaking work.

It’s more common for girls to be involved in domestic work. They often stop going to school at a younger age than boys because they’re expected to work instead. They’ve been doing many domestic chores at home since they were young, so this is the work they end up doing.

Domestic workers often don’t get paid. Instead they get food and shelter in return for doing all the cooking, cleaning, washing and childcare. They may live with relatives or with a richer family who they don’t know. They can be virtual slaves, not leaving the house and receiving the worst treatment.