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The açaí harvest in Brazil depends on child labor

Her mother, Josélia, beating the açaí in a braided bucket, wanted the same. At 12, she was sent to Belém, the Pará state capital, where she worked as a maid for eight years. She feared their childhood would be lost, like hers, but didn’t know what else to do. Some days the boys were responsible for half of the family’s loot. So she allowed them moments of lightness when they stood up.


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