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Child Labor: Small Hands Legally Picking our Food

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SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of children, many too young to drive, are hard at work putting in long hours in brutal conditions to make sure the rest of us eat well - and cheaply. 

During weeks of investigation into the close-knit and tight-lipped community of migrant workers, NBC Bay Area found dozens of children working the fields in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys - some who started work at 11 , 10  and even 8 years of age. Advocates say the number nationwide may be as high as half a million.

While 8-year-old children can't work in an office or a fast-food restaurant, a 1938 law allows them to legally work in agriculture.

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