Boy Migrant

Boy MigrantThis anonymous boy is most likely between the ages of 10 and 13. He rises before dawn and works cutting onions, work that is illegal for children below the age of 16. He and his family are also at risk of truancy charges, since he is a school age minor and is not enrolled in school in any of the Texas towns where he works with his family, helping them to fulfill quotas for harvesting vegetables like onions, which bring in a profit of a penny a pound. However, he and his peers constitute a growing part of the workforce in a state that supplies 60% of onion seed and 25% of onions consumed in the USA.

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Yesenia: Onion Picker

Yesenia Yesenia, 12, and her brother, 13, begin work before dawn, cutting onions in Eagle Pass, Texas. They left school several years ago to work with their families, moving with the harvests, living transitionally to earn what amounts to a penny a pound for the buckets of onions they haul in at nightfall, when their work day ends. They are among the estimated 400,000 to 500,000 children, many of them citizens, like Yesenia and her brother, working in the agricultural and food industries before the legal age of 16.

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