Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2018, Burundi made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government hired additional labor inspectors, more than doubling the number of those employed to enforce labor laws across the country. However, children in Burundi engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Burundi lacks a compulsory education age that is equal to the minimum age for work. The government’s ability to address the worst forms of child labor was constrained by a lack of necessary resources to conduct labor inspections and criminal investigations, a lack of well-trained educators, materials, and infrastructure in the education sector, and insufficient social programs to address child labor in the country.

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