The Children in the Fields
Tennessee Watson, APM Reports
Aracely Benavides first went into the fields as a young child around the age of 13. Her family needed her to start working to help to make ends meet. Though she'd only finished the sixth grade, Benavides stopped going to school and joined her parents doing seasonal farm work.
Benavides had dreams of growing up to be a chef, or maybe a teacher. But when she stopped attending school, her options were severely curtailed, and she became destined for a life of migrant farm work.
Because of a loophole in U.S. child labor laws, farmworker children can pick crops as young as age 10. But education offers a path out of poverty—if they can stay in school.