Child labor

  • Punished for being poor? Mexico child labor case makes poverty a crime, critics say
    MEXICO CITY, August 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The arrest of three Mexican women accused of trafficking more than 20 children from within their extended family has been criticized by rights activists, who say they are being punished for being poor. Prosecutors found the malnourished children during a raid last month on a house in Chiapas, the country's poorest state, and said they were being forced by their relatives to hawk souvenirs and other trinkets in the streets
  • No pay, no freedom: Brazil struggles to rescue maids from slavery
    RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Whenever Elisa goes out in her small town in northeastern Brazil, she fears seeing the family she once considered her own. After almost three decades of domestic work with no pay and little freedom, Elisa realized she was a slave and plotted to escape the household where she had lived since the age of seven. The 38-year-old was rescued in 2018 after alerting the authorities and has started to build a new life. But a rem