Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, Bhutan made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The National Commission for Women and Children developed a Standard Operating Procedure for children in difficult circumstances. The commission also launched a mobile application that allows people to report violations against women and children, including child labor violations, and connects citizens to the national helpline. However, children in Bhutan are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation, as a result of trafficking and forced domestic work and care-giving. Bhutan’s minimum age for work is inconsistent with international standards, and education is not compulsory. The government has not adopted a national policy to address child labor, including its worst forms. The government did not publicly release information on its criminal law enforcement efforts.

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