Three men have been charged with child labor law violations in hiring children for door-to-door candy sales in Maryland and Virginia, according to the state Division of Labor and Industry.
Two of the men were previously convicted in district courts for similar offenses.
Andrew J. Silverman, 24, of the 5100 block of Greenhill Avenue was charged with 21 violations involving employment of four children.
David A. Milam, 29, of the 5900 block of Sefton Avenue was charged with 37 violations involving six children.
TC John F. Siegle, 38, of the 200 block of South Mount Street was charged with 46 counts involving nine minors.
The charges include illegal employment of children under 14, hiring children between 14 and 16 without a required work permit and working minors during nighttime hours prohibited by law.
The children were recruited from poor Baltimore neighborhoods and transported to Howard County and suburban Washington in the evening to sell the candy, said David Lehman, an investigator for the labor agency.
Typically, the minors would claim to be selling the $5 boxes of candy for charity or for an educational prize, he said.
Using underage children for door-to-door selling is one of the most prevalent abuses of child labor laws in the United States.
According to the state agency, hundreds of boxes of candy were sold weekly, and the children were paid $1 for each box.