Yes, you read that right, child labor on the Colbert Report! But we don’t mean Stephen Colbert’s crew is run by a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds. Back in November, Stephen Colbert covered the introduction of a new bill proposed by Congress that will ban products made with child labor and prison labor from being imported into the US. This is huge news and would be a pretty incredible change for the US, if it passes.
Colbert, mockingly discusses the impact on pricing and US businesses if this bill were to pass. It is known that some big businesses are already gearing up to lobby against the bill. Colbert also has a quick interview with Marc Kielburger of Free the Children, a great organization that fights to end child labor as well as provide children with an education. Marc and Colbert discuss the ethics of child labor.
It is encouraging to see child labor discussed on a mainstream Comedy Central show and perhaps even more exciting that Congress may finally take some action on labor issues around the world. Watch the interview below: