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Have you ever wondered where your jewelery is coming from? The minerals and crystals?
Potosí, Bolivia, has one of the world‘s largest silver deposits. Most men that live here work in the mines. Potosí is known for it‘s tourist mine tours. Once the richest city of Latin America, the reality nowadays looks very different.
Bolivia has the world‘s lowest minimum age for child labour, 10. Not only that, but these children work under tremendously dangerous circumstances, e.g: mining. The law may say 10, but the reality looks different. Today, I‘ve seen kids no older than my brother, who is 7. Kids so little, they would only reach up to my hips. I‘ve seen many children getting out of school and into the mines. The life expectancy for men here is about 45. That‘s Potosí‘s reality. And that‘s the reality of your jewelery.
What might sound afwul and cruel to the western society is about the only way for the families in Potosí to survive. Of course no one likes to send their child into deadly dangerous mines, but there‘s no other way to afford living. So just being against child labour is not helping local people at all. Boycotting Bolivian products involved in child labour might be a threat to the families existencies.
So what can we all do? Honestly I don‘t know the correct answer. One of the best things you can do is buying fair products without child labour. Making sure the parents are getting paid enough so that they don‘t need the support of their children. You can target representives and politicians to support countries like Bolivia instead of exploiting them, getting the prices and salaries lower and lower. But the first and most important step is to be informed. To know about what no one speaks up about.
Now you know where your jewelery might come from.
Thank you so much for reading.
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