WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson on World Day Against Child Labor:
"Kids should be going to school and playing, building trusting relationships and learning critical-thinking skills, not forced to work in hazardous and even slavelike conditions. Educating our children is not only a priority; if we want them to productively contribute to our economies and our society, it's a moral imperative. No children—be it those who manufacture textiles in Bangladesh; make bricks in Pakistan; are forced to sell their bodies in places like Romania, the Philippines and Cambodia; or are toiling in tobacco fields here in the United States—should be exploited. On this World Day Against Child Labor, we demand better protections for our most vulnerable, both globally and nationally."