Congress Must Restore Support for ILAB

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International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) is our country’s biggest program to prevent child labor and the Senate and the House are proposing to cut its grant funding…

Ruse was only 13 and from a poor family in a rural village in Cambodia when her mother became very ill.  Her family couldn’t afford healthcare.  That’s when a woman in her village came to the family to explain that there were men who would pay large sums of money to spend the night with a young girl like Ruse. Ruse said, “My virginity was the most valuable possession my family had.” Once she lost her virginity, her only source of work would be in brothels. There are millions of such stories around the world about children working in agriculture, mining, factories, and as housekeepers.  And many are sexually exploited like Ruse. Congress must continue supporting ILAB so children will not be put at such risk

 

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