Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Belize

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Belize
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Belize made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The National Child Labor Committee, along with its affiliates, validated the Protocol for Accompanied and Unaccompanied Minors, which outlines steps a labor inspector should take if one comes across a child laborer during an inspection. Moreover, the Terms of Reference for the new National Child Labor Policy were completed, but they have not yet been formalized in new legislation or regulation. Children in Belize are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in agriculture and construction. With the exception of some work categories that allow employment at age 14, the country's minimum age for work is 12 and does not meet international standards. In addition, the country lacks prohibitions against the use of children in illicit activities and does not appear to have programs to address child labor in agriculture, fisheries, or construction. 

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