Children Gold Miners in Ghana

International gold refiners who use gold from Ghana may be benefitting from hazardous child labor in unlicensed mines. Children have been injured – and, in at least one case, killed – in mine collapses, and suffered from pain and respiratory problems caused by their work. They also risk brain damage and other life-long disabilities from mercury poisoning. Companies should have clear policies against child labor, require regular monitoring with unannounced inspections by people knowledgeable about child labor and ensure that all contracts with suppliers include specific language prohibiting child labor. How can we help harsh child labor to end?

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