Child Labor Issues in Latin America

Posted on February 27, 2014 • Filed under: Human Rights Latin America, Latin America News

“Latin America figures are lower than the overall rate. In recent years there has been a decline in the number of child workers, from 20 million in 2000 to 12.5 in the last report”. But the changes go far beyond: “Have also advanced in the commitment and political will of countries”. In this sense, across Latin America have ratified the conventions of the ILO 182 – worst forms of child labour – and 138 – which sets the minimum age for admission to employment (15 years with some exceptions). All States less one, Mexico, that still has not signed the 138 because to do so it is necessary to modify the Constitution, where we gather that “prohibited the use of the work of minors of 14 years”. Currently 3.6 million children working in the country. Read Article

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