ASIA/INDONESIA - Emergency in the Country for the exploitation of children in tobacco plantations

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 minors  

Pierre Pouliquin

Jakarta (Agenzia Fides) - The exploitation of child labor in tobacco plantations continues to be one of the most serious emergencies in Indonesia. The complaint comes from the recently published report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Children, some as young as 8 years of age, are exposed to nicotine, and handle toxic chemicals or use dangerous tools under the scorching heat in the plantations. 132 children engaged in the plantations of four Indonesian provinces were interviewed. Half of the children reported symptoms associated with acute intoxication due to nicotine. Indonesia is the world's fifth largest tobacco producer, with over 500,000 plantations where, according to the data of the International Labor Organization, more than 1 million and a half children in the age group between 10 and 17 years work. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 25/05/2016)