Victorian england child labour

Victorian era

Another set of restrictions was passed in that restricted the kinds of work youth could partake in, such as work that was considered hazardous like running construction equipment, or certain kinds of factory work. Of course, they wore no protection against the rough brickwork, so their knees and elbows would be sliced and bruised until they developed calluses. Source Trappers were employed to open and close ventilation doors in the passages as the truckloads of coal were hauled to the mine shaft. Large families were forced to live in overcrowded hovels without heat or sanitation. The dirtiest jobs were given to the children. Thus, the children were completely exposed to any mishap that may occur during the course of work. Asia, with its larger population, has the largest number of children employed as child labour at about million. The miserable living condition forced these families to take any opportunity to make money. This was particularly magnified in the coal mines. With a low population, agricultural productivity was higher and families did not face starvation as in established industrialised countries. And girls were even cheaper.

The British thus became masters of east India Bengal, Bihar, Orissa — a prosperous region with a flourishing agriculture, industry and trade. Children, especially boys around the age of eleven or twelve years were employed to clean chimneys.

Victorian england child labour

Colonial empires Systematic use of child labour was common place in the colonies of European powers between and With a low population, agricultural productivity was higher and families did not face starvation as in established industrialised countries.

This attitude exploited the children rather than saving their innocent childhood. Contact Author A lot of tut-tutting goes on today when the horrors of child labour are exposed in the developing world.

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Generally, children are allowed to work at any age, but restrictions exist for children under 15 years of age. The lifespan of Victorian Chimney sweeps rarely made it to middle age.

Factory and mill owners saw children as cheap effective labor. The only time they saw one another or interacted was to eat or sleep. They were joined by 3. Related Material.

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Child Labour in Victorian Britain