The Hanoitimes – Up to 17.3% of domestic helps in Hanoi and HCMCity are aged below 18, according to a research conducted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Society and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Diep Mau said the number of children working as domestic helps was on the rise, mainly due to the need for greater family incomes and increased demand for care for the elderly.
The Vietnamese Labour Code allows children from 15 years old to work as a domestic help as long as it avoids affecting their studies.
The ILO estimates that 15.5 million children around the world are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. The vast majority of all child domestic workers are girls and more than half of them are found in hazardous child domestic work.
The organisation called for special attention to the issue of domestic child labour on this year’s World Day Against Child Labour.
By Nguyen Ngan