- An estimated 246 million children worldwide are engaged in some kind of labour, about 180 million of them in hazardous conditions.
- According to the Indian census of 1991, there were 11.28 million working children under the age of fourteen years in India---over 85% of this child labor is in the country's rural areas.
- As per the Indian census of 2001, there are 12.5 million working children in age group of 5-14 years as compared to the child population of 252 million.
A study (by ILO) reports that the number of workin children has fallen significantly for the first time. The decrease in numbers is mostly in Latin America, with little change in African and Asia-Pacific countries.