Whole time domestic child labor in metropolitan city of Kolkata

Indian Pediatr. 2008 Jul;45(7):579-82.


We conducted this study to explore the socioeconomic conditions, and health and nutritional status of whole time child domestic labor. 330 children engaged in domestic child labor ranging between 8 to 14 years of age from the metropolitan city of Kolkata were studied. Majority of the domestic child laborers were girls and migrants coming from illiterate families. These children were physically, mentally or sexually abused. Further, they suffered from anemia, gastrointestinal tract infections, vitamin deficiencies, respiratory tract infections and skin diseases along with a high prevalence of malnutrition. The study highlights the poor state of domestic child labor in Kolkata, India.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Welfare*
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status
  • Time Factors