Based in two socialist Latin American countries, a group dedicated to helping indigenous populations in that region just got a generous $13 million grant from the U.S. government to combat “exploitative child labor” in Peru.
The allocation comes on the heels of a similar, $10 million grant by the same agency—the Department of Labor (DOL)—to fight child labor in Ethiopia. In that case the African country’s notoriously corrupt government, recently exposed for illicit financial flows in the billions, will likely handle some of Uncle Sam’s money. Corruption, kickbacks and bribery are on the rise in Ethiopia, according to a new report issued this week by a research group that aims to curtail the cross border flow of illegal money.
As if that weren’t bad enough, this week’s allocation will go to a Bolivian and Ecuadorian-based group called Desarrollo y Autogestión (Development and Self-management) that promotes social and economic development for “impoverished” and “marginalized” groups. Both Ecuador and Bolivia have socialist governments that have worked to redistribute wealth in the last few years. In fact, it’s been well documented that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is running a socialist-dictatorship similar to Venezuela’s.
Obviously, any groups—such as Desarrollo y Autogestión— that operate in this system are approved or have some sort of ties to the regime. That makes U.S. government funding all the more outrageous. Just look at the wording of the DOL’s announcement. It says that the $13 million project is designed to “combat poverty and social exclusion.” How? By engaging “local indigenous leaders and communities.”