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Before Their Time: The World of Child Labor (Hardcover)

by David L. Parker

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SIGNED BY AUTHOR, 1ST EDITION; 2007 Quantuck Lane Press, 1st printing; NF/VG+; solid hardcover, spine ends lightly bumped, binding square and tight, pages fresh, unmarked except for author's autograph on title page; bright, unclipped dust jacket, light wear and crimping at extremities, in new protective mylar sleeve. In spite of treaties and international conventions addressing problems of economic exploitation of children, the control of child labor remains elusive. It is estimated that over 320 million children are working worldwide, most in hazardous jobs. This is their story, in words and photographs. These heartwrenching portraits of children at work, taken all over the world, are a call to action for all of us to be aware of this complex and tragic global problem., Physician and photographer David L. Parker takes us beyond the headlines and into the textile factories, stone quarries, and garbage dumps where children are forced �by unscrupulous adults or by lack of any other economic opportunity �into the desperate cycle of child labor. His haunting and sensitive portrayal of these children preserves their dignity and humanity while exposing their often tragic circumstances. The hazards of harsh working conditions are visited exponentially on still-growing bodies and minds, whether they are cleaning elephant stables in India, picking cotton in Turkey, or extracting gold from Nicaraguan mines. Mercury used in mining causes brain dama� stone dust destroys young lungs; circus contortions cause serious muscular harm. But even beyond the disastrous physical consequences of child labor, simply having to work means that children are deprived of the education, nurturing, and socialization that are the necessary foundations of lasting health, development, and progress...."
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