Vacation time: School’s out which means more kids are the markets

According to a 2015 study published by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), during the months of school vacations the number of children at Ecuador public markets increases by 30%. Parents who work there bring their children because they have no one to take care of them. Azuay, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo Provinces have the highest number of children in the markets proportionately, many of them forced to work with their parents. Since Monday, Carmen’s four kids, accompany her to work at El Arenal Market in Cuenca. The oldest son, 11, shells corn along with her younger sister, 9. They…

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