Brazil sheds 43% of child workers over last decade
- Brazil’s number of child workers decreased to 2.8 million in 2014 from 5 million in 2004.
- The demographics of child workers also shifted from predominantly uneducated children from low-income families to teenagers from economically stable families.
- The Brazilian constitution bans children under the age of 13 from working, while youth aged 14 and 15 can work under apprenticeship programs and those aged 16 and older can have formal day jobs.
“Brazil reduces child labor by 43 percent in decade” (Xinhua)
2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor: Brazil (U.S. Department of Labor)
“Brazil halves the percentage of children working” (The Guardian, 2010)