Unicef says one-in-six children in developing countries aged 5 to 14 are
engaged in "child labor" (defined as more than 28 hours a week of
economic activity, including household chores). One of them is Colombia, where 9.2% of children (1.6 million individuals) ages 5 to 17 are said to be "economically active."
These kids sacrifice
their childhood in order to support their impoverished
families. This in turn stunts their development which ultimately affects the country's economy, resulting in a never-ending cycle of poverty.
In an attempt to change this, a local telco company in Columbia has decided to launch an app that lets anyone
anonymously identify victims of child labour, and here's how it works:
Launched by Telefonica Telecom, so far more than 1,200 kids have been identified and more than 60 have been placed in schools.