170.000 Children and Minors Work in Tajikistan

The issue of children and minors’ labour exploitation in Tajikistan has been a major public concern for many years. Though there are no exact statistics for this area, the International Labour Organization estimates that the number of working minors reaches almost 170 thousand individuals.
The story was researched by Nazliddin Khojaev and published on March 20, 2013.
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Children Work in Illegal Iron Business in Tajikistan


During the Soviet times Tajik children as pioneers collected iron fragments to protect the environment and the country’s economic development. Today, some Tajik children are still collecting metals, but under very different circumstances.
The SCOOP supported investigation by Sitorabonui Sohibnazar shows that smaller companies, mostly from China, use young children to steal the iron and afterwards ... Read More »

Child-workers who don’t officially exist

child labour

Child labour is officially forbidden in Kyrgyzstan. But that doesn’t mean that it does not exist. SCOOP supported reporter Maksat Osmonaliyev went undercover as a porter in the Dyikan Bazaar in the Kyrgysz capital Bishkek and found out, that child labour is flourishing in the capital. Especially children from poor families are exploited by people ... Read More »


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