Target: Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Manpower in Indonesia
Goal: Ban child labor in hazardous tobacco farms to protect children’s health.
Thousands of children are exposed to hazardous conditions while working on tobacco farms. They face extreme heat and toxic chemicals that affect their short-term and long-term health. Take a stand against child labor now and protect these innocent children.
Indonesia’s tobacco fields are poisoning children with reported systems such as frequent vomiting, headaches, and dizziness after working long shifts in the fields. These are common symptoms of nicotine poisoning. The exposure to toxic chemicals also puts them at heightened risk for cancer and respiratory problems later in life.
Indonesian law prevents children under 18 from doing hazardous work. However, current policies do not specifically ban work in tobacco fields. Sign below and demand that there is an immediate ban on child labor in tobacco fields.
Dear Minister Dhakiri,
Tobacco handlers work in hazardous conditions around dangerous chemicals. Child workers especially are at risk of acute and long-term health problems. We demand that you protect Indonesia’s children and ban child labor in tobacco fields.
Children’s bodies cannot handle such high exposure to nicotine. Children as young as 8-years-old report frequent vomiting, dizziness, and headaches after handling the hazardous substance. Extreme heat and toxic chemicals also heighten the risk of cancer and respiratory problems later in life.
It is unethical as well as illegal to risk a child’s health for profit. We demand that you immediately prohibit children from working with tobacco.
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