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Most people think that sending children out to work is a bad thing. If children work, they cannot go to school and without education, their long-term prospects in life are minimal. Nevertheless, child labour is commonplace in developing countries today, as it was in the first half of the 19th century in Britain.

Child labour was eradicated in Britain by enforcing compulsory schooling and minimum-age laws for employment. This experience is typical as countries get richer. But many people do not want to wait for countries to develop and feel that child labour should be eliminated across the world now.…

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