Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Cabo Verde made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government approved and published its first National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons and revised the Education Law to extend free tuition up to the eighth grade. In July, the national government established the Observatory for Monitoring and Rapid Identification of Situations of Trafficking in Persons, a major coordinating body created to respond to all human trafficking situations around the archipelago, which convened twice during the year. However, children in Cabo Verde engage in the worst forms of child labor in commercial sexual exploitation. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Law enforcement officials lack the necessary resources to follow up on investigations, and communication between enforcement agencies is limited.  In addition, social programs to assist children involved in agriculture and domestic work are not sufficient to address the scope of the problem.

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