Child-labor violations on the rise

The number of child laborers working this summer is estimated to be over 3,000.

By MATTHEW KRIEGER
August 8, 2007 07:54

Over the first month of summer vacation, the labor-law enforcement branch in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry has opened up some 415 separate investigations on companies suspected of violating the country's child-labor laws, the ministry reported Tuesday. According to Hezi Ofir, director of the labor-law branch, the investigations now underway stem from random checks of over 1,000 day-camps, restaurants, water- parks and flower nurseries that employ children, and are believed to have violated labor laws, including working children for too many hours during the day, paying below minimum wage and not providing sufficient break time. The number of child laborers working this summer is estimated to be over 3,000.


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