Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Côte d'Ivoire

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Côte d'Ivoire
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Côte d’Ivoire made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government rescued 138 children from suspected traffickers, the Ministry of Women, Family, and Children created a team of social workers to identify victims of child labor, and the Ministry of Security and Interior created new units to investigate cases of child labor and human trafficking. In addition, as part of its COVID-19 pandemic response, the government established a fund for low-income families known to be vulnerable to child labor. Children in Côte d’Ivoire are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in the harvesting of cocoa and coffee, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Although the government made meaningful efforts in all relevant areas during the reporting period, it did not impose penalties for violations related to the worst forms of child labor. In addition, labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties, and a lack of financial resources and personnel may have hindered labor law enforcement efforts.

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