Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Burkina Faso

Cotton
Cotton
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Gold
Gold
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Burkina Faso
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Burkina Faso made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the course of the reporting period, the government has removed more than 2,000 children from artisanal mining sites and placed them in the care of social services. The government also employed 255 full-time labor inspectors, an increase of more than 50 percent with respect to the previous reporting period, and launched a new National Program of Economic and Social Development, which includes child labor elimination and prevention strategies. However, children in Burkina Faso engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in artisanal gold mining and quarrying. Children also perform dangerous tasks in cotton harvesting. Limited resources for the enforcement of child labor laws may hinder government efforts to protect children from engaging in the worst forms of child labor. In addition, the Labor Code does not identify the activities in which children may engage in light work.

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