Photo Feature by Rosa Martinez
HAVANA TIMES — According to a report published by the International Labor Association (ILO), over 10 million children work worldwide as domestic servants in dangerous conditions and, sometimes, even slave-like conditions.
The report explains that these young children, over 70% are girls, clean, iron, cook, do the gardening, collect water and look after other children and care for the elderly in the homes of a third party or employer, and are vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
Furthermore, they live in abusive working conditions and are isolated from their families. They are also exposed to dangerous environments and illegal activities, such as drug trafficking and prostitution.
Although we can find more than one child walking the streets here in Cuban cities, maybe a few of them beg, mainly to tourists, or sell something for a few cents, but we can definitely say that our children don’t need to work in order to put food on the table nor to satisfy their most basic needs. If our social system has a priority, it’s our children.
Now that the summer vacation is around the corner, we’ll show you some photos of Guantanamo youngsters at work, the future of our province.
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