In the hillside shantytowns that spring up around cities or in this case

In the hillside shantytowns that spring up around

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In the hillside shantytowns that spring up around cities or, in this case, interior mar- ket towns, marriages are brittle, single parenting is the norm, and women are frequently forced into the shadow economy of domestic work in the homes of the rich or into unprotected and often- times "scab" wage labor on the surrounding sug. tr plantations, where they clear land for planting an,l weed for a pittance, sometimes less than a dollar J day. The women of the Alto may not bring theIr babies with them into the homes of the wealth,)- where the often sick infants are considered sourc of contamination, and they cannot carry the littlt ones to the riverbanks where they wash clothes t-t"- cause the river is heavily infested with schistosom : and other deadly parasites. Nor can they carry th<'Jr young children to the plantations, which are oitel; several miles away. At wages of a dollar a day, tht women of the Alto cannot hire baby sitters. 01.1<': children who are not in school will sometimes sen-,
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