By  on September 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — While 106 of 144 countries benefiting from U.S. trade preferences showed varying degrees of advancement in their efforts to eradicate child and forced labor, the problem remains in several key countries making apparel, footwear and textiles, cultivating cotton and mining gold and diamonds, a series of U.S. Department of Labor reports showed Wednesday.

According to the International Labor Organization, 215 million children around the world still toil in factories and fields, with more than half working in dangerous conditions. The ILO estimates that a total of 21 million people are trapped in forced labor, including six million children.

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