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Grecia Balli began working in farm fields when she was 10 years old. At age 14, she decided to drop out of school because her life as a migrant farmworker caused her to switch schools frequently, making it difficult for her to keep up academically. By age 17 she no longer dreamed of becoming a police officer, which had been her goal. Her life revolved around farm work.
Today, June 12, is World Day Against Child Labor. Activists around the globe will rally for a reduction of child labor and an increase in students in classrooms. In 2013, more than 200 million children around the world are still involved in child labor.
The safety of child workers on farms was dealt a harsh blow in April 19 when the Obama administration unexpectedly announced that it was withdrawing long-awaited occupational child safety rules for agriculture.