Biden administration announces crackdown on child labor violations, exploitation of migrant children

The Biden administration on Monday announced new measures to combat child labor violations, especially among companies that employ and benefit from work by migrant children. The Labor Department, which is in charge of enforcing child labor laws, said it will crack down on the factories that employ children illegally but also the larger companies whose suppliers use child labor, and stop the interstate transport of goods created with illegal child labor, The New York Times reports.

The Labor Department will also create a joint task force with the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for child migrants, to better coordinate their efforts on child labor exploitation. The crackdown follows a report in the Times that found children are illegally working hazardous jobs in every state and across many industries, including at slaughterhouses, factories, construction sites, and commercial bakers, "positions that have long been off-limits to American children for nearly a century," the Times reports.

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