Child Laborers in Ghana Gold Mines

International gold refiners who use gold from Ghana may be benefitting from hazardous child labor in unlicensed mines. The refiners should take immediate steps to eliminate child labor in their supply chains. It is estimated that thousands of children work in hazardous conditions in violation of Ghanaian and international law. They pull the gold ore out of shafts, carry and crush loads of ore, and process it with toxic mercury. Most child laborers are between the ages of 15 and 17, but younger children also work in Ghana’s mines. This can no longer be allowed! They need to make changes to the way refiners buy the gold. If they place restrictions on the mines, like Tobacco companies have on the plantations, that is the only way that children will be taken out of danger. What do you think?

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