Pope condemns growing scourge of child labour
Vatican City: Pope Francis has deplored the exploitation of children as domestic workers, calling it a form of slavery that is increasingly affecting poor countries and girls in particular.
"There are millions of children, mostly young girls, who are victims of this hidden form of exploitation that often involves sexual abuse, mistreatment, and discrimination. It is real slavery," the Pontiff said.
Addressing a crowd of 60,000 people in St. Peter`s Square, Pope Francis urged "ever more effective measures to fight this true scourge".
He called it "a deplorable phenomenon constantly on the rise".
There are an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide working as domestic workers, according to figures published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years, and over 71 percent are girls, the ILO said.
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