WASHINGTON – The Bureau of International Labor Affairs' new mobile application, “Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World,” is now available to download for devices using the Android operation system from Google Play.
Released for iOS last September, the app streamlines the wealth of research in ILAB's “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor,” “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” and “List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor” reports and makes it available anytime or anywhere.
Sweat & Toil is a comprehensive resource that documents child labor and forced labor worldwide. Developed by Presidential Innovation Fellows at the U.S. Labor Department, the app contains information on goods produced by child labor or forced labor and the latest findings on the worst forms of child labor. It digitally reduces thousands of pages to fit into the palm of your hand. The app makes ILAB's research portable, searchable, and available offline.
Data from the app is also available in an open format through the department's next-generation Application Programming Interface, fulfilling the promise of the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative to make more data readily available and useful to the public. Developers can use this data in their own applications, data visualizations and mashups with other data sets, while data scientists can use it to fuel further research.
Children who enter the labor force at an early age are robbed of their childhoods, their right to an education and a fair shot at a better life. They are more vulnerable to forced labor, trafficking, work that endangers their health and safety, and physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their employers.