Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Cabo Verde made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government increased the number of labor inspectors by 50 percent, and implemented a Child Protection Information and Case Management System, which aims to identify and track victims of the worst forms of child labor, including child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In addition, the Cabo Verdean Institute for Children and Adolescents, in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund, drafted a Child Protection Policy. However, children in Cabo Verde 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 construction. Law enforcement officials lack the necessary resources to follow up on investigations, and communication among enforcement agencies is still 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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