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Child Labor in America

History's Horror, Today's Tragedy

By Seymour H. Moskowitz

The exploitation of child labor has not been eradicated. Federal and state laws and regulations fail to protect our youths because current statutes do not consider the serious physical, educational, emotional, and socioeconomic impact of work on children. Federal and state labor departments cannot enforce even inadequate child labor laws because insufficient resources are appropriated for inspections, and violators are not prosecuted. But lawyers can be activists and help initiate personal and communitywide efforts to end the tragedy of American youths in the workplace.

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