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A Comprehensive Approach to Child Labor Eradication in the Bolivian Mines

Marcelo A. Ostria
University of North Texas
Date Published: 
Thu, 2010-07-22


The Idea

A multidimensional approach to reducing child labor in Bolivian mines should focus on empowering the child through education, empowering the community with alternative sources of income, and changing social norms that define child labor as normal and acceptable.

Key Facts
  • Child Labor in mines is one of the most exploitative and hazardous forms of child labor in the world.
  • Children are attracted to working in the mines in Bolivia because the payoff can be significant.
  • Certain mining towns in Bolivia do not regard child labor as a problem, but rather as a societal role.