Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2022 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2022, Bhutan made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Royal Government of Bhutan ratified the Palermo Protocol and the United Nations Protocol Against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea, and Air. Additionally, it conducted anti-trafficking training programs for 72 judges and carried out 7 awareness programs on countering human trafficking for over 2,600 students. However, children in Bhutan are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and forced domestic work. Bhutan’s minimum age for work of 13 does not meet international standards and education is not compulsory. In addition, the government has not adopted a national policy to address child labor, including its worst forms, and the government did not publicly release information on its labor or criminal law enforcement efforts.

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