Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Burundi made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government worked on revisions to its Labor Code to align with international standards on child labor and launched a partnership with the International Organization for Migration to improve coordination between government ministries, the National Police, and civil society organizations to address human trafficking. It also published labor inspection funding data for the first time, conducted inspections in all provinces, and continued to fund the Centers for Family Development, which provide reintegration services for victims. 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 gold mining. Burundi lacks a compulsory education age that is equal to the minimum age for work and the government failed to provide comprehensive criminal law enforcement data related to the worst forms of child labor. Other challenges remain, including a lack of resources to conduct labor inspections and criminal investigations; a lack of well-trained educators and infrastructure in the education sector; and insufficient social programs to address child labor.

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