Pictures of children are often utilized to add gravitas to a variety of international development campaigns. Their effectiveness and persistence lends weight to the notion that children and their welfare matter to us, but it also intimates a perspective in which children are dependant and in need of special protection. The exploitation of children, in its various guises, has been a topical issue since the early 1980s. The subject is complex, drawing in broader concerns of economic development, poverty, loss, globalization, empowerment, self-determination, social justice and human rights. However, the lack of a framework to adequately address international aspects of intervention into global child protection matters has meant that there is a dearth in practice examples (Dominelli, 1999). Additionally, because child labour is often a mechanism of survival (whether selling peanuts on the streets of Lagos, swapping sex for shelter in Montreal, working as a servant in Paris or in a shoe factory in Beijing), children’s involvement is often under the radar of social professionals’ notice, particularly in countries where child exploitation has not been emphasized.
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