Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
Why do we have to pay the price of poverty. We didn't create poverty, adults did."
a twelve-year garment factory worker from Bangladesh, Thailand, 14 February,1998
If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals, such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor, then we really are not ready to march forward into the future.
"We want to study and learn, not beg on the streets. During the worldwide march I learnt that I, too, am a real person. Now I want to become an engineer."
a Nepalese street child, Thailand, 14 February,1998.