Child labor then and now.
On the left, a young blueberry worker in North Carolina, 2009. Photo courtesy of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs.
On the right, a photo of a child cotton mill worker in North Carolina, 1908. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, courtesy of Artrattler.com
During the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe, Watauga) filed a bipartisan bill to extend the protections of our child labor laws to children who work on farms (exempting kids working on their own family’s farm).
Unfortunately, the bill was quashed in the chaos of this legislative session.
You can help fight child exploitation by asking your state legislators to address NC’s child labor problem when they return for the 2012 session.
Contact us if you’d like to get more involved.
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