Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Bhutan

Bhutan
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Bhutan made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government charged one defendant with child trafficking for the purpose of forced labor and adopted the Standard Operating Procedure for Multi-Sectoral Response to Address Trafficking in Persons in Bhutan, which defines the roles and responsibilities of each government agency in preventing and responding to trafficking in persons. In addition, the government hired 11 additional labor inspectors. However, although research is limited, there is evidence that children in Bhutan engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Bhutan’s minimum age for work is inconsistent with 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.

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