Local Law Enforcement Warns Parents and Families of the Issue ‘Youth Peddling’

By  //  June 2, 2016

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During summer and holidays, youth peddling is at its peak. Youth peddling is the hiring of children and teenagers to go door to door to sell products, often candy, candles or magazine subscriptions under the auspices of raising funds to support a charity or business. (Cocoa PD Image)

During summer and holidays, youth peddling is at its peak.

Youth peddling is the hiring of children and teenagers to go door to door to sell products, often candy, candles or magazine subscriptions under the auspices of raising funds to support a charity or business.

This is a lesser known form of child labor.

Door to door sales is listed as a hazardous occupation by the Florida Law and Child Labor Rule.

Children under 14 years of age may not participate in door to door sales.

Children ages 14 and 15 must be supervised by eye sight at all times and must receive, at minimum, $8.05 per hour and work no more than 15 hours per school week.

In Florida, many of these commercial enterprises are not legitimate and support bogus charities.

These bogus charities recruit children as young as eight years old with the promise of monetary compensation (teen jobs), adventure, valuable job skills and a positive atmosphere that keeps kids off the streets. The incentives are not delivered as promised, the children are exploited for profit and become victims of labor exploitation and at times, labor trafficking.

These bogus charities place children at high risk. They are transported by van to distant cities or even across state lines and kept from home for long hours.

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They are required to knock on strangers’ doors in unfamiliar or high-crime neighborhoods without adult supervision and often without food or water. Many are crammed into vans without seats or seat belts.

There have been incidents where minors have been assaulted and incidents where the minor child has required medical attention due to dehydration.

Some have become victims of, or participants in, criminal activity and some have been deserted for not meeting sales quota.

(It is important to note that there are several legitimate charities such as Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and school sponsored groups but they do not expose the minors to the same risk nor do they promise monetary compensation.)


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