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San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

More than 168 million children are victims of child labor in the world and Honduras is part of the alarming statistics.

At the world level, the World Day Against Child Labor was commemorated yesterday in which organizations, institutions and companies seek to encourage and coordinate initiatives to solve this problem.

In this sense, the technical subcommittee on child labor, the territorial employment board and the Honduran Association of Maquiladores, with the support of several institutions held the conference on Child Labor and Occupational Health: Safe and Healthy Generation.

In the day that was held in the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortes (CCIC), were present children who reside in risk areas and are part of non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of companies that knew about the consequences of work childish.

Alexander Leiva, director of the Ministry of Labor, said that because of the poverty rates of the country, many children are forced to work, however, unusual and monitor that this is done according to law is the main objective, he explained. From January to date, the Ministry of Labor in San Pedro Sula has issued more than 450 work permits to minors, a figure that is low in consideration with the same period of 2017, they say.

The law states that from 14 to sixteen years, minors can work with permission for up to four hours as long as the work does not affect their physical and emotional integrity. From sixteen to 18 years work activity must be six hours.

"We will do operations, because we have received complaints." Geovani Lara, coordinator of the Occupational Health and Safety Unit of the Honduran Maquila Association (AHM), said that the companies that are part of the association do not hire minors and seek to raise awareness of the need for educational training. That is why they directly support several programs of this type.

According to the National Human Rights Commissioner (Conadeh) at least 450,000 children and adolescents work in Honduras, "a situation that prevents them, in most cases, to exercise their right to play and educate."

Roberto Herrera Cáceres, head of Conadeh, indicated that: "They are children who have lost the right to play and to educate themselves and, for this reason, a child who does not go to a school is forever excluded from a literate society."

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