There is nothing wrong with the concept of child labor laws, just as there is nothing wrong with parents putting kids to work. The problem is lack of oversite to monitor the diffence between acceptable work and child abuse. In the part of Spain where I live, most of the kids have jobs when not in school. the daughter of the owner of my local tends bar during her summer vacations from university. However I can remember her serving drinks when she was about the equivalent of 6th grade in the U.S. Nothing wrong with that, by the time she was in high school she was a very mature young adult, comfortable with people, a good student, with a lot of practical knowledge of how the real world works, at the same time she was helping to support her family and learning to be a responsible adult in the future. The issue is what percentage of her time, and the type of work and the work environment. Our community is organized as a village with people living close togather (no front, side, or back yards). What ever business the family is in almost all are part time famers. My pharmacy has 4 generations, one summer I recognized a kid from the primary school and asked her mother how old she was as she was filling my perscription (10), a Muslim girl across the street from me is 13, though her feet barely reach the pedels I often see her driving a John Deere.