The pandemic has encouraged child labor in Latin America

“The combination of job losses, increasing poverty and school closings is a perfect storm for the proliferation of child labor,” said the ILO’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro.

Panama- Some 8.2 million from minors, in ages between 5 and 17 yearss, they work on Latin America and the Caribe, a region what is “far” from eradicatesr that children’s activityl por guilt from pandemic, they warned this friday the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Unicef.

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“The combination from Job’s lose, the increase from poverty and the closing from schools is a storm perfect for proliferation of child labor“, He said regional Director from ILO in order to Latin America and the Caribe, Vinícius Pinheiro.
Pine explained that “Leave lto school Y to enter prematurely in the working market reduce the possibilities of get better jobs in the future, perpetuating there trap from poverty”.
The ILO and the United Nations Fund for the Childhood (Unicef) they aimed that pandemic this “neutralizing” the “efforts” from Latin America and the Caribe, the the region hass beaten for at covid-19, in order to comply the goal of remove the child labor in order to 2025.
Of the 8.2 million minors working on the region, the most are toadolescent boys and the 33% are girls, according to him new ILO-UNICEF report (2021).
Thus, the document highlighted that the child labor sand for a long time andn rural areas What urbanayes, although the 48,7% is in the agricultural sectoroh almost him 50% of those who participate in the child labor they do it in the family work.
More than “50% of the childrens perform tdangerous jobs “, for “su health, education and welfarer “, highlights a statement from both organizations.
Both the ILO as UNICEF they warned that even though the child labor on the region I know decreased on 2.3 million between 2016 and 2020, it is estimated that the pandemic might reverse is trend, well the number of minors on homes with few incomes incrementor by the lost from job e income of the families, and these can resort to child labor What “mechanism from survival“.
“Given that many schools are still closed, and that the impoverished families in situation of lockdown they have lost income for months and months, we’re watching what more children Y latin american girls Y caribbean abandon the school and i knowncorporan al child labor“stated the directora regional de Unicef, Jean Gough.
The region “expected to be the first in the world in eEnd child labor by 2025“Gough added, but the” pandemia has done That this objective be it every time more difficult from reach”.
And “it is likely that more children from the whole region fall in the child labor in the next months, a lessI know that families get help quickly“added the director.
The number from children en child labor situation exceeds 160 million, after increasing in 8.4 million minors who work in the last four years, the first rise in two decades, according to the report presented this week on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor, on June 12. EFE

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