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Jakarta Post

Badung Market’s child workers

  • Trisha Sertori


Denpasar   /   Thu, February 16 2012   /  10:47 am

Busy: A young girl works amid the toys and other goods for sale at the market.For the past few years, Wayan Nila has been hefting a heavily loaded basket onto her head and ferrying vegetables, fruits and meat to customers’ waiting cars.

This diminutive porter is tough and wiry, much like her friends Pitri Pitasari and Nyoman as they weave the aisles of Denpasar’s Badung Market searching for customers to make enough rupiah to eat and hopefully send some money home.

These are the child workers of Badung Market; the youngest working there recently was 12-year-old Nyoman, who does not yet know how to spell her own name. The legal age to work in Bali is 17 according to the Social Welfare Agency.

“I started working here about a year ago. I like this work because I can help my parents. I have no boss and no one tries to take my money,” says Nyoman.