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Would You Want Your 8-year-old Child Picking Tobacco?

There are 400,000 children working in agriculture every summer in the United States, according to The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program. The minimum age required for children to work in agriculture is 12, but a Fusion investigation found children as young as 8 and 10 picking tobacco in North Carolina. In this video, investigative reporter Rayner Ramirez visits the fields, talks to the child workers and their parents, and confronts farm industry officials about the persistence of child labor in agriculture.

Would You Want Your 8-year-old Child Picking Tobacco?

There are 400,000 children working in agriculture every summer in the United States, according to The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program. The minimum age required for children to work in agriculture is 12, but a Fusion investigation found children as young as 8 and 10 picking tobacco in North Carolina. In this video, investigative reporter Rayner Ramirez visits the fields, talks to the child workers and their parents, and confronts farm industry officials about the persistence of child labor in agriculture.

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