Innocenti Working Papers The Subterranean Child Labour Force: Subcontracted home-based manufacturing in Asia AUTHOR(S) Santosh Mehrotra; Mario Biggeri Published: 2002 Innocenti Working Papers Child labour is widespread in home based manufacturing activities in the informal sector in most developing countries. This form of child labour will not attract the penal provisions of a country’s laws banning child labour. This paper draws on surveys carried out in five Asian countries – two low-income (India, Pakistan) and three middle-income countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand) – where production of manufactured goods is subcontracted to home based workers widely. It examines the incidence of child work in such households, the child’s schooling, reasons why children are working, their work conditions, their health, and gender issues. + - Cite this publication | No. of pages: 68 | Thematic area: Child Work and Labour | Tags: child labour, child workers, economic development, education × COPY BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION Santosh Mehrotra; Mario Biggeri 2002 The Subterranean Child Labour Force: Subcontracted home-based manufacturing in Asia. , pp. 68.