1 26 International Labor Organization conventions on 2 child labor and laws in many countries which per- 3 pertedly prohibit the employment of under age chil- 4 ren. 5 (6) In many countries, children under the age 6 15 lack either the legal standing or means to protect 7 themselves from exploitation in the workplace. 8 (7) The prevalence of child labor in may devel- 9 oping countries is rooted in widespread poverty 10 that is attributable to unemployment and 11 underemployment, precarious incomes, low living 12 standards, and insufficient education and training 13 opportunities among adult workers. 14 (8) The employment of children under the age 15 of 15 commonly deprives the children of the opport- 16 tunity for basic education and also denies gainful 17 employment to millions of adults. 18 (9) The employment of children under the age 19 of 15, often at pitifully low wages, undermine the 20 stability of families and ignores the importance of 21 increasing jobs, aggregated demand, and purchasing 22 power among adults as a catalyst to the development 23 of internal markets and the achievement of 24 broadbased, self-reliant economic development in 25 many developing countries.