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According to the Institute of Statistics, the country have 6,706 minors in jobs.
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Published Friday, February 12, 2021

Costa Rica is an example of the fight
against child labor, says government

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
On Thursday, Vice President Marvin Rodríguez, through a virtual broadcast of the recognition of 2021 as the international year for the elimination of child labor in the Americas, called on world leaders to end child labor.

“Children can't deprive themselves of the right to study, or limit the full exercise of their human rights by having to work to support their families," Rodríguez said.

According to the government, Costa Rica is one of the Latin American countries with the lowest employment rate for children and adolescents. The country has a goal to end child labor by 2025.

In 2011, according to the Institute of Statistics, the country had 42,571 minors in jobs. By 2020, the number dropped to 6,706 minors.

This reduction is due to the use of a statistical model that allows identifying and classifying the cantons with the highest probability of child labor and working dangerous jobs, according to the government.

Another strategy that helps to reduce the number of working minors is a bonus provided by the Aid Institute to allow them to finance their studies. In 2020 the bonus was delivered to 422 students, the government said in its statement.

The virtual meeting was organized by the International Labor Organization, ILO, with the participation of leaders from Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, among other countries.

ILO defines child labor as any type of work activity that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is detrimental to their physical and psychological development. In its most extreme forms, children are subjected to situations of slavery, separated from their families, exposed to serious dangers and diseases.

According to ILO statistics, 6 million minors suffer labor exploitation in Latin America.

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