Peru sets child labour targets

A chorus of chatter and laughter echoes on the small lanes of Peru. Sporting skimpy dresses as well as t-shirts, the Lima residents appear unconcerned regarding the chilly wind coming in from Pacific Ocean.
Also, they also appear indifferent to a tiny army of very younger vendors which is mixing among them. All of them are children, and most are less than ten years of age, dealing chewing gum and cigarettes to a crowd handling with alcohol.

An 8 year old provides a blank face when questioned why he is not sleeping at this point of time at night. He asked for some sweets. The boy sells strawberry and mango flavored sweets only for one Peruvian sol which is similar to 40 US cents.

The government of Peru wants to see these children in schools and not in streets. Recently, Ollanta Humala, the President of Peru told that he would battle for total obliteration of child labour. He added that his dream is to see no more kid working after his term ends. His thoughts were supported by the International Labour Organisation that praised the president for laying the topic with highest priority on his political schedule.

The Geneva-based establishment figures that 1 in 10, or even 14 million children as a whole, work in South America, and most of them work in agriculture. They also live in utmost poverty. But his rate is much higher in Peru. Over 2 million girls and boys work - around 28 percent of all children age between 3 – 17. Guatemala and Bolivia have same rates.