Eradicating Child Labor by 2020 No Easy Task for Central America

Young boys working on a coffee plantation in Nicaragua, Nov. 7, 2013 (photo by Flickr user trocaire licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
Young boys working on a coffee plantation in Nicaragua, Nov. 7, 2013 (photo by Flickr user trocaire licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
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Last month, Costa Rica announced an initiative that aims to eradicate child labor by 2020. In an email interview, Noortje Denkers, a program official for the International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, discussed the fight against child labor in Central America. WPR: How widespread is child labor in Central America, and in what sectors is child labor most common? Noortje Denkers: According to global estimates on child labor from 2012, the broader regional figures show that Latin America and the Caribbean, including Central America, has shown the greatest progress in the fight against child labor […]

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