Real Stories: Hope Lives Here

To get a sense of what life is really like for children who are forced into child labour it’s important to look at some real-life stories. Some of the stories below reflect problems that persist, while others show positive change.

Five Lives I Can't Imagine For My Son: Trafficking Victim

in many places around the world, parents face the real possibility their children will be trafficked for sex or labour. Read about Thinh, one such example.

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Five Lives I Can’t Imagine for My Son: Coffee worker

Meet Fatima, a young girl who may be growing your coffee. (video)


Five Lives I Can't Imagine for My Son: Sugar Plantation Worker

Imagine working on a sugarcane farm for 7 years. That is what Paul has endured by age 14.


Five Lives I Can't Imagine for My Son: Seafood Diver

Child divers like Ariel risk drowning to hunt for treasure under water. The treasure he's seeking isn’t gold – it’s seafood.

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Five Lives I Can't Imagine for my Son: Shoe Maker

Thirteen-year-old Jatin makes shoes all day in Agra, India. He works out of someone's home cutting, stitching, and gluing leather pieces.

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Cocoa Barometer shows farmers still in extreme poverty

See the top 5 findings from this important report.