Child Labor: A More Common Practice Than You Think
If you thought child labor was a thing of the past, think again. Recent reports show that the practice is far from extinct. In Bolivia alone, 850,000 children work full-time. Some are miners, going hundreds of feet underground to dig in hellish conditions. But there is no need to visit developing countries to see minors at work. In the U.S., children are legally allowed to work in the tobacco fields for hours on end, risking severe nicotine poisoning. How can a nation that bans underage smoking allow minors to work in a toxic environment? We don’t know, either.