Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Benin

Cotton
Cotton
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Granite (Crushed)
Granite (Crushed)
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Benin
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Benin made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The labor inspectorate nearly tripled the number of inspections conducted over the previous year, and the government passed legislation increasing the minimum age for apprenticeships from age 14 to 15. Moreover, the National Monitoring and Coordination Working Group for Child Protection met for the first time since 2017. However, children in Benin are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in the production of cotton and crushed granite, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in domestic work and street vending. There are many barriers to education, especially for children with disabilities. In addition, the government did not publicly release information on some of its criminal law enforcement efforts, and limited resources for the adequate enforcement of child labor laws may impede government efforts to protect children from the worst forms of child labor.

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