Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Cameroon

Cocoa
Cocoa
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Cameroon
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Cameroon made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government ratified the UN CRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography. Cameroonian police also arrested members of an international trafficking network that operated in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Chad. In addition, the Forever Chocolate program, which provides school kits and livelihood support to families as a means to combat child labor in the production of cocoa, was expanded to Nkondjock, Sangmelima, Mbalmayo, and Ayos. However, children in Cameroon are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in cocoa production. In addition, the government has not prohibited the use of children in illicit activities, including in the production and trafficking of drugs, and it has not prohibited the recruitment of children under age 18 by non-state armed groups. Furthermore, labor inspectors do not regularly conduct inspections in the informal sector, in which the majority of child labor occurs.

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