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Said Farah-Ceh

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Working children: should we prohibit, permit or promote it.

For many years various international institutions (such as Unesco or the goverment) have fought against child labor, saying it is a way to exploit them. But since 1976 in Peru there is an organization of children and adolescents who are clamoring for their right to work, ensuring that through work they can get different skills, knowledge and social abilities.

* What is your personal position on this issue that concerns us all, in one way or another?
* If you were the minister of labor in your country, what position would you have to child labor.


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  • Jul 10 2012: Children should learn how to be useful.
    It totally depends on the circumstances as to what is possible or should not be allowed.
    This very much depends on country, society and family. Mexico would be suspect to me..

    In no way should children be exploited and labour almost implies that. There is a reason for the existence of unions, even adults need protection. If children were ever made to work it should only be based on their well-being, not the one they are working for.

    To start with giving them chores is a great way for them to learn. It helps them to feel appreciated, but also for them to appreciate others who do things for them (and how much work that can be).

    Everything we get for free, is worthless.
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      Jul 10 2012: Totally agre with you in everything you said, but

      ...why would you think of México as suspicious?
      • Jul 11 2012: First of all, my opinion, and that is all it is, is not based on actual experience. My son has been to Mexico and I have a feeling that the government is not much in control of what can, or should not be done. He had that feeling the moment he stepped of the plane.
        When one cannot trust the police, that's another issue. The existence of gangs does not help either.
        Your question, I think, would not even come up in the US or Canada.
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          Jul 12 2012: I know, is your opinion and I'm not judging, but I noticed that you refer to Mexico as if you knew it, but now that you mention that you've never been here and everything you're saying it's just because your son came once I find it severe.

          I myself was born on this earth that some international organizations call Mexico, I got no borders, nor do I think about them a lot. But if I had to mention other countries would think twice, especially if a country I´ve never visited.

          Here is an advice:
          You should travel before give an opinion,
          not everyone in Spain belong to the ETA;
          not all Canadians play ice-hockey;
          and so I can go on.

      • Jul 12 2012: Our son had things stolen from him.

        Are you saying I can only have an opinion about Mexico when I have been there myself??
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          Jul 12 2012: As I read, you understood me very well.
          You only can have a real opinios if you have been there, otherwise it is just an speculation.

          But if we talk about real data, according to the WHO, and talking about the hazard rating in the countries in its latest revision (composed of the sum of suicides plus homicides), Mexico ranks # 14 (with a total of 15.2%) while Canada is # 18 (with a total of 13.05%). I do not think we are so different.

          Take care because you are only 2.15% far from the country you´ve mention as the dangerous

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