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Honduran coffee harvest relies on child workers as young as six years old

Monday, December 27, 2010

Children as young as six years old toil for 10 hours a day on chilly mountainsides in Honduras, filling baskets with ripe red coffee beans for a handful of dollars.

Government data shows up to one million people are permanently employed in an industry that represents some 15 percent of the nation's economy.

Many of those seasonal workers are children and while the Honduran government does not regulate child labor, employers are aware that what they are doing is wrong.

Original source: AFP