AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Fun activity campaign to remove child workers from the road

Thursday, 22 December 2016 street children  


Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - For the entire month of December a series of activities that provide fun initiatives against child labor, with the objective of removing children from the street, was carried out in Bogota. According to official figures of the District, at least 1 out of 10 children, in the age group between 5 and 17, is forced to work in Bogota. According to the Administration, in 2016 2880 children were redeemed, 35% more compared to the same period last year, when the figure was 1863. A study of the Colombian National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) recorded that the population of workers in the age group between 5 and 17, 7.9% of whom are children and 3.1% minors, do housework for 15 hours or more. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 22/12/2016)