RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Almost half of Brazil’s 1.8 million child laborers work in dangerous conditions, government data showed on Thursday, December 17th, amid efforts to convince Brazilians, including the president, that child labor is harmful.
It is the first time that Brazil’s statistics agency has collected data on dangerous forms of child labor, which include sex work, drug trafficking and handling heavy machinery.
“This is a very worrying number,” said Ana Maria Villa Real, Brazil’s top prosecutor on child labor. “We have children and teenagers ... handling pesticides, exposed to solar radiation, to venomous animals . . .