Here’s the thing, if those kids “Child labor” don’t get employed by the RMG (Ready Made Garments) sector, they don’t bring in any income home.
What does that mean?
Their parents kick them out since they are no longer useful and become just an extra mouth to feed in a starving household. It’s straight to the streets for them.
Loads of them end up being picked up by gangs or turn into junkies since they got nothing better to do with their lives.
Truth be told, while child labor is horrible, it’s better than being out on the streets living a half life.
So before anyone gets up on a high horse and says “I won’t buy clothes made in a sweatshop” please realize you’re aggravating the situation, thanks.
Morality is great and all, but not at the expense of the lives you are “trying” to protect.
Also, while those kids would be better off in school, that takes money and in the current status quo, the schooling system in Bangladesh needs an overhaul. Over 250,000 people don’t get into college each year and end up in stasis with their lives, unsure of what to do next.