ABUSE OF A DIFFERENT KIND: Adults using children to commit crime

  • Cheryl Frank Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: labour law, children, crime, South Africa


In terms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 of 1999, adults using children to commit criminal offences is considered to be one of the worst forms of child labour. Through an ILO and Department of Labour programme focusing on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in South Africa, a study was undertaken to explore this issue, and engaged 541 children in consultation. The results of the study are discussed, and the value that such studies hold for crime analysis is briefly considered.

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