September 1993

Kids Are Working

Author Affiliations

Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine School of Public Health Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School PO Box 1172 Jerusalem 91010, Israel

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(9):929-931. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160330019004

Sir.—Ehud is a 13-year-old Israeli Jewish boy who works every day, 6 days a week, after school at a vegetable stall in ShukHacarmel, the largest outdoor fruit and vegetable market in Tel Aviv. His father rents the stall. He works as many as 7 hours per day. He receives no wages. He weighs the vegetables, collects the money, and gives change. He is completely unsupervised. He had no help during the 2 hours that I talked with him in between his many customers and observed him working. He is also responsible for unpacking the vegetables, stacking them, and cutting away the stalks. He is in the eighth grade at school. His 16-year-old brother and his father also work at the stall. He denied any health problems. He had no complaints. He did admit to several times being cut on the hand using the vegetable knife, but they were minor

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