WASHINGTON - According to the Associated Press--
The Labor Department is adding a dozen countries to the list of nations that use child labor or forced labor. Officials are warning the global economic crisis could cause an upswing in the exploitation of children and other workers.
Products that are involved range from coffee grown in El Salvador to sapphires mined in Madagascar.
They identify 128 goods from 70 countries where child labor, forced labor or both are used in violation of international standards. The total number of child laborers fell by about 3% over a four-year period. But the rate of decline has slowed in recent years.