Bangladesh started a census Monday to help it move children from jobs in the garment industry to special schools by the end of October.
Teams from the industry, the U.S. Embassy and international groups set out to identify children working in the sweatshops. More than 10,000 children under 14 work in the garment industry.
The industry exports garments worth $2 billion a year to the United States alone.
Facing pressure from American buyers, the manufacturers started reducing the number of child workers in 1993.