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Indonesian priest fears speaking out on their behalf will result in backlash against them, especially from palm oil firms

Church faces dilemma advocating for child workers

A girl pushes a cart while working at a palm oil plantation area in Pelalawan, Riau province in Indonesia's Sumatra Island, in this Sept 16, 2015 file photo. (Photo by Adek Berry/AFP)

 

Konradus Epa, Jakarta
Indonesia

March 15, 2017

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The Indonesian church is struggling to help child workers forced to work for palm oil companies for fear they and their families will be kicked off the plantations and lose their source of income, a priest said.

Based on interviews with workers, Amnesty International reported that many employees worked long hours for low pay and without adequate safety equipment.

Following the investigation conducted last November, the rights group said children as young as eight worked in "hazardous" conditions on palm plantations run by the world's largest palm oil producer Wilmar International.

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