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‘SA girls trapped in unpaid domestic work’

Fedusa said many child labourers were either in the agriculture or domestic work sector.

A domestic worker busy ironing. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Many young girls are caught in the trap of providing unpaid domestic work for their own families, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said on Wednesday.

Today marked World Day Against Child Labour.

The 2013 theme was Child Labour in Domestic Work.

Fedusa said the theme was highly relevant to South Africa.

The union's Lauren Uppink said organisations and authorities need to step up.

"One of the biggest reasons child labour is such a problem is South Africa is that it's often used in the informal sector and mostly in agriculture and domestic work. You often find children doing work that's not paid [for]."

Uppink said child labour is preventing many children from going to school.

"They're kicked out of school. Their development is hindered and they can't go to university or into work. It perpetuates a cycle of young women being kept under the labour market and out of education."