The Norwegian telephone company Telenor revealed there were under aged children, some as young as 12 years old, working with their subcontractors in Myanmar.
Telenor carried out several unannounced inspections with their subcontractors and reveled several instances of child labour. These subcontractors where helping the company building out Myanmar’s first national mobile network.
The controls have identified five cases of involving children between 12 and 14 years and 19 cases in which teenagers between 15 and 18 carried potentially dangerous construction jobs.
Child labour is a real problem in Myanmar. It is therefore great that responsible companies like Telenor carries out inspections and follows sound international practices in emerging countries like Myanmar.
The company has removed the children from the building sites. Some of the 15-18 years old were given other harmless jobs.
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