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publicado a la‎(s)‎ 30 nov. 2013 16:38 por Albino Rodriguez   [ actualizado el 30 nov. 2013 16:47 ]

One season I worked hauling telephone poles up the mountain. It was hard, grueling labor. The day all the men went to be paid, I received 1/3 less payment than the others, even though I had made the same quota they did. I had nowhere to turn or way to claim the money I had rightfully earned. -boy, 17

I moved into the city to study secondary school. I lived with my aunt and her husband. But after awhile what was supposed to be a safe place was not. My uncle came in the nights to take advantage of me. He said it was because I owed him money for my room and board. I had no one to turn to, no extra money to move out on my own. I didn’t have my parents to help. I don’t want this to happen to any other girl. -girl, 14

I found a job caring for the elderly in an apartment; I received room and board and all my money could go to my studies. Then on day the bosses told me they closed the facility and moved the patients. I was out on the streets with no food or even bus fare to return home to my community and my family. -girl, 16 

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