Poverty and child labor

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Why is poverty a contributing factor to the problem of child labor?

It’s not “a contributing factor”, it’s the only reason child labor exists. You are poor, so you expect to have no way to support yourself in your old age, other than your children’s assistance. To be less of a burden to your children, you spread the cost of your “retirement” among many future households by having many children. But in the interim, you can’t feed (not to mention educate) those children, so you send them off to work…

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