Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Bangladesh

Bidis (Hand-Rolled Cigarettes)
Bidis (Hand-Rolled Cigarettes)
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Bricks
Bricks
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Dried Fish
Dried Fish
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Footwear
Footwear
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Furniture (Steel)
Furniture (Steel)
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Garments
Garments
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Glass
Glass
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Leather
Leather
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Matches
Matches
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Poultry
Poultry
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Salt
Salt
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Shrimp
Shrimp
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Soap
Soap
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Textiles
Textiles
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Textiles (Jute)
Textiles (Jute)
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Bangladesh
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Bangladesh made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government acceded to the Palermo Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and, through its programs in 2019, removed over 1,000 working children from 558 factories, provided education for 1,254 street children, and rehabilitated 3,501 children. Since 2017, government programs have removed 90,000 children from hazardous labor conditions, and over 35,000 children from exploitative work. Within 15 ministries responsible for children in some way, the government of Bangladesh increased its spending on children by 17 percent between the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years. However, children in Bangladesh engage in the worst forms of child labor, including forced child labor in the production of dried fish and bricks. Children also perform dangerous tasks in garment and leather goods supply chains. Moreover, the Bangladesh Labor Act does not apply to the informal sector, where most child labor in Bangladesh occurs, and hazardous work prohibitions are not comprehensive. Additionally, labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties and, when courts do impose them, the fines are too low to deter child labor law violations. 

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