The Biden administration has vowed to crackdown on a surge in the illegal exploitation of children for labor in the United States, citing a nearly 70 percent increase in kids being employed illegally by companies over the past five years.

The Department of Labor (DOL) said in a statement on Feb. 27 said that it is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat child labor nationwide and is establishing a new interagency task force to deal with the issue.

According to the department, there has been a 69 percent increase in children being employed illegally by companies in the United States since 2018.