Women also participate in the tourism economy as vendors, artisans, and more, but the nature of this work is completely dependent on the volume of tourist footfall.
This article was first published by The NEWS MINUTE as part of a series of articles on the impacts of COVID-19 on the unorganised sector in tourism.
Street vendors, photographers, hawkers, trinket sellers, unregistered local guides and others in the sector have been left with no jobs, no health benefits, no social security cover amidst Covid-19 lockdown.
According to the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Global Report 2006, it affects the lives of 218 million children. India has the distinction of the largest number of working children in the world today. Indian official statistics speak about almost 13 million children, but unofficial estimates vary between 60 and 100 million children. In India, as in the world over, tourism is one more realm that pulls in a significant number of children as child labour. This paper links tourism to child labour, informs on the legislative and policy back-up to eliminate child labour and the illusive implementation of the ban on child labour in the hospitality sector.