Child labor, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe, the United Nations International Labour Organization said today. The report said the end of child labor is within reach if the current pace of the decline were to be maintained and the global momentum to stop child labour continued. It could feasibly be eliminated, in its worst forms, in 10 years. Although the actual number of child laborers worldwide fell by 11 percent between 2000 and 2004, the numbers are still heartbreaking: 218 million children still having to work, while 28 million were happily freed.

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