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Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

child laborers in the philippines can be as young as 5
CHILD LABOR. Child laborers in the Philippines can be as young as 5. File photo from HRW

Out of 350,000 workers in small-scale gold mining, 18,000 are women and children

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 15, 2017) — Archie Rapacon, now 16, started mining at age 11.

Although his parents – miners themselves – did not force him to continue mining work, he said that he preferred this because he is earning P180 to 200 a day. His family needs the income as well since his father has an undiagnosed ailment. Continue reading Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor