Bolivia’s Senate is to vote on a new code that could lower the working age for children.
Currently they can enter the workforce at 14 but some want that dropped to 12 while at the same time regulating their working conditions.
The International Labour Organisation established the minimum age as 14 in 1997, which Bolivia ratified.
However critics say that many families rely on their children’s income in South America’s poorest nation.
Bolivian President Evo Morales who worked as an ice cream vendor aged seven, supports the lowering, but stresses he is against child exploitation.