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Brazil Struggles to Reduce Child Labor

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The minimum legal working age in Brazil is sixteen, with some specific internships allowed from fourteen, but there are around 3.7 million working minors in the country, according to the 2011 National Survey of Households, conducted by the IBGE.

More worryingly, as many as 1.97 million children continue to work in “hazardous or insalubrious activities,” including activities using dangerous equipment on farms, which is banned for under-18s.

Progress has been made over the past twenty years, and child labor . . .

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