Domestic Child Labor
Child labor is one of the most worrying problems in our country. The reality of girls and boys in domestic child labor is often an ‘invisible’ activity in our society that directly affects childrens’ educational development, their physical and emotional health, and their future, while depriving them of time with their family, recreation, and socialization opportunities with other children of their age.
Most come to third-party homes like ‘ahijadas/os’ to ‘help their madrina’ with household chores; the children are offered up by the parents themselves, who are given promises of better education and better living conditions that most of the time are not fulfilled.
Children who come from areas in the interior of the country to the capital, or other urban centers, are removed from their families, culture and social group, their children’s games are changed to care for children younger than they them, and cleaning and cooking tasks replace the time in which they would otherwise be doing their homework.
Children in domestic labor situations are forced to perform tasks that demand greater physical effort than their physical capabilities and ask them to handle toxic products, exposing themselves to situations with large health risks.
We can all do something!
To prevent girls under the age of 14 from serving in the homes of others, tell their parents that they are not treated ‘like a daughter’, that they suffer from abuse, exploitation, and isolation, and that it is important that they complete their studies to give them a chance at a better future.
To protect those who are still working, tell their parents or guardians that they are better off studying tomorrow rather than late, and not working in a room without a bed.
Child labour is not an outlet out of poverty. It takes away opportunities for children. Studying gains educational capital so that they can achieve a better future.