MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - A new poll released today reveals
that Ontarians feel conflicted about child labour and how they may be
fueling the tragedy. Commissioned by World Vision a few weeks after
the Bangladesh factory disaster, the Ipsos Reid survey found that 73
per cent of Ontarians think it's easy to turn a blind eye to child
labour in developing countries.
The majority also misjudged the scale of child slavery worldwide. On
average, Ontarians estimated that 13.3 million children are doing
hazardous work. The correct answer, according to the International
Labour Organization, is more than 115 million children are doing work
that is damaging their bodies, minds and well-being. Many have dropped
out of school; many are not able to escape their situation.
A majority of Ontarians did not know it's possible to buy fair trade
clothing, wine, jewelry, soccer balls, flowers, seafood and produce
like green peppers and bananas.
"Ontarians haven't yet grasped the shocking scale of child labour
worldwide. Their estimate of how many children toil in dirty, dangerous
and degrading jobs was eight times lower than reality," said Cheryl Hotchkiss, senior advocacy manager, World Vision Canada. "It's easy to turn a blind eye to something that's not in your face,
but this research shows Ontarians want options to protect children in
other countries from exploitation, just like children in Canada should
"Before I travelled to India I had no idea how horrible life is for
child labourers. Then I met children as young as four who were forced
to collect trash in the Delhi slums for hours every day. No kid should
have to live like this. I urge Canadians to join me and my brothers in
this fight to end child slavery," says Drew Scott, ambassador and co-host of W Network's Property Brothers.
Despite their perception of child slavery, the poll also showed
Ontarians are prepared to take action.
ADDITIONAL POLL RESULTS FOR ONTARIO
87 per cent of Ontarians are willing to pay more for products guaranteed
to be free of child labour. On average, they would pay 26 per cent more
for such products.
78 per cent are disturbed to see children working in the tourism
industry when they're on holiday.
84 per cent say they would be more likely to buy a vacation through a
tour operator or hotel that donates a percentage of revenue to local
child protection organizations.
76 per cent agree that both the Canadian government and individuals
don't do enough to advocate on behalf of children who are exploited.
VIDEO AND PHOTOS
World Vision recently launched a new campaign, No Child For Sale, which provides resources for Canadians to understand child slavery and become more responsible
consumers. Globally, the aid agency is working to change and enforce
laws, educate children, families and communities about children's
rights and support people to overcome poverty which often leads to
child slavery. Visit NoChildForSale.ca or #nochildforsale.
*These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey conducted
between May 10 and 17, 2013, in which a sample of 1,924 Canadian adults was interviewed
online. The survey is accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points had
all Canadians adults been polled.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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