Child labour for family

August 7, 1998

CUSTOMS are changing in Zambia because poverty is driving families to rely on their children's income, Coventry University researchers have found. When parents divorce, children used to stay with the mother. This is now contested by the fathers' families because of the extra income children as young as six can provide. Likewise it is now socially acceptable for young unmarried women to become mothers as the labour of the mother and the child remain with her natal family.

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