RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2020 will mark three years of hiding data on child labor for the Brazilian government. The most recent figures are for 2016, released in 2017. Since then, successive delays in disclosure have seriously compromised the formulation of new public policies.

The release of data for 2017 and 2018 had been scheduled for June 2019. It was then pushed back to November. Then it was moved to March 2020. Now it has moved to June, one year late, assuming there are no further postponements.

Withholding information about child labor protects rapists. In many cases, it is large . . .

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