Protect Millions of Exploited Children from Illegal Labor

Target: Janat Mukwaya, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda

Goal: Enforce laws that protect millions of underage children from illegal labor.

More than two million children in Uganda are being exploited through illegal child labor. Despite laws that criminalize child labor, nearly half of the nation’s families living in poverty send their children to work on farms and in fields.

Children as young as five are being exploited. They’re unaware of their rights, and the government has failed to enforce laws that are meant to protect them. Boys and girls are pulled out of school and paid mere cents for long days in horrible conditions.

The government made a promise to protect children from exploitation. It should keep this promise and stringently enforce its regulations that outlaw labor for minors. Sign the petition to demand that the government begin to investigate claims of child labor and punish the companies responsible.


Dear Minister Mukwaya,

More than two million children in your nation are exploited. Boys and girls as young as five are being pulled from their classrooms and forced to work in cities, on farms, or in fields for extremely low pay. These children are being taken advantage of and are being put in danger.

Several years ago, your nation implemented laws that were meant to end child labor. However, a lack of enforcement has allowed this illegal labor to continue, exploiting millions of children. I demand that your government begin strict enforcement of these laws and protect the children of your country.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ton Rulkens

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  2. What responsibility do these parents show? Many children = many private slaves?

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