Children help their families gather rice seedlings from paddies near Ta Phin village in Lao Cai province. Despite the country’s rapid progress, most Vietnamese are trapped in destitution. Some tribe people in rural areas live with few dollars a day and children drop out of school to help produce food. Even in metropolitan areas child labor is common: a third of the factories in Ho Chi Minh City employ workers below 15, according to Ministry of Labor’s most recent report from 2008.