Human Rights Report: Big Tobacco Profits from Child Labor – Small Hands, Big Tobacco

A young girl ties tobacco leaves onto sticks to prepare them for curing in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch
A young girl ties tobacco leaves onto sticks to prepare them for curing in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch

A latest report from the Human Rights Watch has detailed on how thousands of children in Indonesia, some as young as 8 years old, are at the bottom of the supply chain for many multinational and Indonesian tobacco companies. These children are getting exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides while tending tobacco that goes into products.

Child tobacco workers can absorb nicotine through their skin, and many suffer nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness – all symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning.

Some tobacco companies have policies against the use of child labor, but none do enough to root out the problem and protect children from the dangers associated with tobacco farming. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.