Career Calling

May 15, 2014

Child Labor in the U.S. – in 2014


Aljazeera America reports that children as young as 7 are harvesting tobacco in the United States. It cites a report by Human Rights Watch that features interviews with 130 children in four Southern states. The children are paid the minimum wage of $7.25, which does nothing to mitigate the fact that child labor is wrong. Apparently, these children are working legally according to a law that lets children of any age work on “small” farms. Worse still, many of the children report becoming ill from a condition called nicotine poisoning. This report is outrageous. Will it become part of our political debate? Of course not. The children are poor and minority. They are invisible, and what is being done to them is shameful.


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