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'Self-employed' 10-year-olds allowed to work in Bolivia

  • Bolivia, one of South America’s poorest nations, has passed a law allowing children aged 10 and above to work as long as they are self-employed and go to school, according to media reports.

    The legislation lowering the age also allows children aged 12 to be contracted to work for other people, provided they have parental authorization.

    Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera said through the new law the Bolivian government had found a balance between “the reality and the law, between rights and international treaties.”

     


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