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Dhaka, Bangladesh—A child laborer holds a piece of cloth to shield against heat while making parts for ships on April 28. Shipbuilding is one of several industries attracting billion-dollar foreign direct investment to Bangladesh because of the low cost of labor, and in the coming years it is expected to be a leading economic driver in the country. Although the minimum legal age for employment in Bangladesh is 14, 93 percent of child laborers work in small factories, on the street or in home-based businesses, making the enforcement of labor law virtually impossible, according to UNICEF. In the shipbuilding industry, working conditions are hot and often dangerous, and accidents happen frequently, raising concerns that economic prosperity may come at the price of a generation of child laborers.
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