Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Law that Delayed Advancement
In 2016, Bolivia made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Despite new initiatives to address child labor, Bolivia is receiving this assessment because it continued to implement a law that delayed advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. Bolivia's Child and Adolescent Code, passed in 2014, allows children as young as age 10 to be self-employed under certain conditions. Otherwise, the Government made efforts by incorporating into law the Agreement between the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Republic of Argentina to Prevent and Investigate Trafficking in Persons and Protect and Assist Victims. The Government also signed agreements with Brazil and Peru to combat human trafficking. However, children in Bolivia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in mining and the harvesting of sugarcane. The Offices of the Child Advocate, required by the Child and Adolescent Code to authorize child work and assist victims of child labor, are also absent or underfunded in many municipalities, leaving some children unprotected and vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. In addition, the Government lacks a comprehensive child labor policy.
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