Child labor

Child labour

“In 1999, the ILO estimated that 14.6 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 14 in Guatemala were working. Three out of four working children in Guatemala work in rural areas and child labor rates are highest in areas with a large indigenous population. Children work on family farms and helping harvest commercial crops such as coffee and sugarcane. Children are also employed as domestic servants, shoeshine boys, beggars, street performers, construction workers, in the fireworks industry, and in quarries where they chip and carry stones to make gravel.” (For further reading please visit this link.)

In 2009, this number went up to %16.8.

10 years apart, we are still exploiting children who are supposed to be in the classrooms for a better future for themselves and for their country.

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