We have to start accepting responsibility for our part in creating a world that takes advantage of children. Our priorities have been seriously - outrageously - focused on selfishness and we don't even know it!
Our fear and greed is destroying the planet and we are almost all still oblivious. What will it take for us to see that the love of money truly is the root of all "evil". Our pursuit of maximum profits and focus on lowest price are the cause.
From the page: "If blouses were people, there is one variety of blouse that would feel rather ashamed of its origins right now. Last week, the clothing company Gap pulled a smock blouse for children from its stores because it was found to have been made by young children in India. The press called it names such as the `child labour top', and the hapless thing is now being exterminated. A Gap spokesman announced that child labour was "completely unacceptable", and that they would prevent a recurrence.
The resulting international outrage gave children's rights groups the boost they needed to push forward a series of raids over the last few days. Child workers were rescued from seedy bylanes in Delhi, where they were hard at work in small, cramped rooms. The Observer wrote that according to the UN, "Child labour contributes an estimated 20% of India's gross national product with 55 million children aged from five to 14 employed across the business and domestic sectors."
Working children are all around us: at the office canteen, the Udupi restaurant, the neighbourhood grocer's, the traffic signal. It is so ubiquitous that most of us don't even notice it when we shout, "Chhotu, ek chai la." Nobody in his right mind can condone it--there are few thefts as appalling as that of someone's childhood."