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Brazil has 1.8 million children and adolescents, between 5 and 17 years old, who work and should not, according to the latest IBGE data for 2016. With the wave of neoliberal far-right governments, rising poverty, unemployment and hunger, Child labor tends to reach outdated levels. In an interview with the ENSP Report, the researcher Gisella Cristina de Oliveira Silva, who is also the pedagogical coordinator of the Distance Specialization Course in Occupational Health Epidemiology (CEPIST) of ISC / UFBA, criticized the naturalization of the problem.

“Making child labor natural distorts a social problem that still affects millions of children and adolescents and their families in Brazil and around the world,” he told the publication.

Co-author of the article Characteristics of Scientific Production on Child Labor in Latin America, published in Cadernos de Saúde Pública, July 2019, the researcher also said she had no doubts about the impact of current budget cuts on data production on the subject.

To read the full interview, go here.