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Union fights for Peru child labourers' rights
Labour union to seek protection for minors at work in country with highest child labour rate in the Americas.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2012 05:03

At over three million, Peru has the highest child labour rate in the Americas.

Officially the practice is banned, but many poor families rely on the money their children earn. Of the nation's three million child labourers, aged between five and 17, 70 per cent of them are engaging in activities that endanger their lives.

Now, thanks to the nation's first children's union, which monitors and defends minors who work, many of those children are getting some added protection.  

Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Lima.

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