AMERICA/PANAMA - 26,000 Panamanian children still exploited in various forms of work and slavery

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Panama (Agenzia Fides) - The Institute for the Development of Women and Children (UDEMI) recently organized a meeting with members of civil society, NGO representatives and members of Alianza con la niñez to address the phenomenon of over 26,000 children who are exploited at work in the Country. Among the initiatives: the campaign "100 million for 100 million" was promoted with the aim of making society aware and plan joint actions to eradicate malpractices and abuse of children, through the participation of young people. Already in 1998 the Global March against child labor, and the Global Campaign for Education were established in favor of a unitary system to counter a practice that affects 100 million children around the world, exposed to new forms of sexual child exploitation, or slavery and mistreatment when they are young refugees. There are still thousands of indigenous children that in the face of misery drop out of school and go to work in coffee plantations with their parents. The representative of the Committee for the Eradication of Child Labour also claims that the situation of girls is doubly serious, in fact, many are exploited as domestic servants and are forced to leave school. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 08/02/2017)