12/14/2014 12:25 pm ET Updated Dec 14, 2014

Children Harvest Crops and Sacrifice Dreams In Mexico's Fields

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Alejandrina Castillo swept back her long black hair and reached elbow-deep into the chile pepper plants. She palmed and plucked the fat serranos, dropping handful after tiny handful into a bucket.

The container filled rapidly. Alejandrina stopped well before the pepper pile reached the brim.

She was 12, and it was hard for her to lift a full 15-pound load.

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