• There are 152 million children worldwide who are victims of child labour; nearly half of them, 73 million, are in hazardous child labour.
  • Of the 152 million children in child labour, 88 million are boys and 64 million are girls.
  • Nearly half of the 73 million children who are victims of hazardous child labour are aged 5 to 11;16 million are between 12 and 14; and 37 million are aged 15 to 17.
  • The prevalence of hazardous child labour is highest among children aged 15-17. Yet, a quarter of the children engaged in hazardous child labour (19 million) are under the age of 12.
  • Boys account for 58 per cent of all child labourers of both sexes, and 62 per cent of all men and women engaged in hazardous work. Boys are more likely than girls to be involved in child labour, but this may be because girls' work is not always reported, especially in the case of child domestic labour.
  • Child labour is concentrated primarily in agriculture (71 per cent), which includes fisheries, forestry, livestock and aquaculture, and includes both subsistence and commercial agriculture; 17 per cent of child labour children work in the service sector; and 12 per cent in the industrial sector, particularly mining.
  • In absolute terms, almost half of child labour (72 million) is concentrated in Africa; 62 million in Asia and the Pacific; 10.7 million in the Americas; 1.1 million in the Arab States; and 5.5 million in Europe and Central Asia.
  • In terms of prevalence, 1 in 5 children in Africa (19.6 per cent) are in child labour, while in other regions the prevalence ranges from 3 to 7 per cent: 2.9 per cent in the Arab States (1 in 35 children); 4.1 per cent in Europe and Central Asia (1 in 25); 5.3 per cent in the Americas (1 in 19); and 7.4 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region (1 in 14).

Global Estimate on Child Labour: Results and Trends, 2012-2016, Geneva, September 2017.

http://www.oit.org/global/topics/child-labour/lang--es/index.htm (Data and figures)