Agonizing Surge of Child Laborers in Iran

NCRI - In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on July 14, 2017, Deputy Director of Iran regime’s Association for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, , acknowledging the increase in child labor in the country, said: “Unfortunately, despite the fact that global statistics on child labor have been declining, we are witnessing increasing number of working children in Iran.”

Tahereh Pajouhesh pointed to the root of the problem, which is the structure of the regime, and added: “As long as the economic structures of the country are not reformed and the poverty is not eradicated, this process will continue.”

“When the minimum wage of a worker is 800 thousand Toman (about $300) per month, as the rental prices skyrocket, it can be seen with a thumbnail calculation that with this salary you cannot even have a suitable shelter,” she said.

“In this way, when we are unaware of the economic situation of our system and do not correct the wrong structures, it is not strange that we claim in our regulations that with the monthly payment of 50 thousand Toman (~$20) to each child labor, they can be returned back to the education cycle to prevent the growth of this problem in the country,” she said in the end.

Iranian regime officials admit the existence of seven million working and street children and 3.2 million children dropped out of school as well as the abusive use of a significant number of children in Iran to transfer or buy and sell narcotics.

Sarah Rezaie, a member of the so-called “Imam Ali's population”, tried to reduce the statistics regarding this social and the number of children working and said that according to official statistics, there are two million child laborers in Iran. However, unofficial statistics reveal the number of child laborers to be seven million.

She said the average age of these children to be 10 to 15 years old and revealed: “But children under the age of 5 years and even babies are caught in forced labor.”