Tobacco children in Indonesia – level 1

07-12-2023 15:00

Indonesia is the 5th biggest producer of tobacco. Children younger than 15 must not work in Indonesia. It is illegal. However, around 1.5 million children work in agriculture. Thousands work on tobacco plantations.

Many have “green tobacco sickness”. They get weak. They get headaches. They cannot go to school. They help their families make money. They make only one dollar a day.

Human rights groups are trying to change this. They talk to big Indonesian tobacco companies.

Difficult words: agriculture (farming), plantation (a big farm that grows a plant that makes money like coffee or tobacco), weak (not strong).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What is the current situation for child labor in Indonesian tobacco plantations and what steps are being taken to address this issue?


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