Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Burkina Faso made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. With the support of UNICEF programs, 1,993 children who were victims of child labor and its worst forms received care and services following their removal from work in artisanal gold mining. The government also created a National Coordination Committee to enact the 2019–2023 National Strategy to Combat the Worst Forms of Child Labor, and it continued to carry out a new National Survey on Child Labor. However, children in Burkina Faso are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in farming and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in dangerous tasks in artisanal gold mining. The Labor Code does not identify the activities in which children may engage in light work. The government also lacked resources for the enforcement of child labor laws and did not release information on its criminal and labor enforcement efforts.

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