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Guatemala sees a great advance in the reduction of child labor by 7.1%

The Minister of Labor, Leticia Teleguario, said today that child labor continues to imply "quite big challenges" for Guatemala, but highlighted as an "important advance" the reduction of this scourge by 7.1%.

Guatemala, Nov 3 (EFE) .- The Minister of Labor, Leticia Teleguario, said today that child labor continues to imply "quite big challenges" for Guatemala, but it stood out as a "significant progress" the reduction of this scourge by 7.1%.

According to the data provided by the official in a private meeting of the National Commission for Prevention and Eradication Against Child Labor (Conapeti), Guatemala has gone from 850,937 children working to 790,243, representing a reduction of 7.1%.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) It calculates that in the world there are 218 million children between 5 and 17 years old who are engaged in economic production, and among them 152 million are victims of child labor, and almost half, 73 million, are in a situation of dangerous child labor.

In absolute terms, almost half of child labor (72 million) is concentrated in Africa; the Pacific; millions are boys and 64 million are girls, and the largest occupation is concentrated in agriculture (71%), which includes fisheries, forestry, livestock and aquaculture, and includes both subsistence agriculture such as commercial agriculture.

The National Employment and Income Survey (ENEI) of Guatemala indicates that in 2016 at national level, 6.3% of children between 7 and 14 years of age some type of economic activity and the highest rate of child employment is registered in the rural area, making a total of 850,937, the highest rate in Latin America.

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