I hope me working can help out my impoverished family.
Man, I wish I was with my friends right now.
After 8 straight hours, I finally get to go home.
Thanks Juan! See you Sunday at 6:30 A.M.
Juan is not your average 11 year old. He just got a job as a fruit and vegetable picker at a local farm just trying to help out his single mom pay the bills.
Why can't I just live a normal 15 year old life? Why can't my mom have a job?
Juan hears his boss shouting across the field giving him orders to complete the work before sunset. When children start to work, they are limited as to how much they can do and when they can do it.
I'm so tired, I had to wake up extra early today to walk to the farm.
Many child workers often work long hefty hours. Although there are restrictions on child labor hours, children still get exhausted while working. Sometimes, working puts children out of school as they get older and prevents them from getting a consistent education.
I don't feel so good.
Juan are you OK?
Often times, parents need their children to head off to work in order to be well. This limits the kids abilities and wishes as far as education or extracurricular activities, etc. In some cases, the parents rely on the kid for income which is a lot of pressure as a young kid.
Its 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Juan is going to the field to start his 8 hour shift in the hot 90 degree weather. This is often the case for young children to have to work extensive shifts.
Many children experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc. when working on fields. Many experience human right violations while working. Child labor is still an issue and a threat to the well being of the future.