Tobacco farms in Indonesia profit from child labor

Source: Indonesian child laborers at risk on tobacco farms

“I’m always throwing up every time I’m harvesting,” Ayu, 13, told researchers.  “Since I was a kid, I’ve been going to the fields. My parents plant tobacco. Mostly I help my parents and sometimes my neighbors. I have an older sister, an older brother, and two younger siblings. They help too,” she said.  In a report by Human Rights Watch — based on interviews with 227 people, including 132 child tobacco workers, aged 8 to 17 — HRW calls on Indonesia’s government and tobacco companies to prohibit children from working with tobacco, and step up enforcement “to detect and eliminate hazardous child labor more broadly.”


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