Nicolas Cage: Let's end child labour

Statement | Hollywood | 08 October 2012

I’m Nicolas Cage and I am proud to be lending my voice to support the work of the International Labour Organization to end child labour across the world.

There are more than 215 million child workers in the world today, many of them in hazardous environments doing back-breaking work. Millions are forced into slavery or exploited in drug trafficking and prostitution. Most of these children do not attend school or receive the most basic nutrition or medical care that all children deserve.

As the father of two sons, this is a situation that I find unacceptable, and it makes me want to do something about it.

And if you feel, like I do, that we must put an end to child labour, you can help in many different ways.

You can ask your government to ratify – and put into practice – the international convention to eliminate the worst forms of child labour – ILO Convention 182.

As a consumer, you can contact the companies who make clothes, sports equipment, food and many other goods, and ask them to commit to making sure there is no child labour in their supply chains.

To find out more about how you can help, visit

The ILO has a successful track record of working with governments, businesses and international stakeholders to put to an end to child labour.

And with your help, they can do even more.

Together, we can change things for the better, and give these children a chance to get an education and have the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life, in freedom, in dignity and in happiness.

Thank you for giving hope to children around the world.

Nicolas Cage