Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Colombia

Bricks (Clay)
Bricks (Clay)
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Coal
Coal
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Coca (Stimulant Plant)
Coca (Stimulant Plant)
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Coffee
Coffee
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Emeralds
Emeralds
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Gold
Gold
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Pornography
Pornography
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Sugarcane
Sugarcane
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Fruits (Pome and Stone)
Fruits (Pome and Stone)
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Grapes
Grapes
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Colombia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2020, Colombia made significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In early 2021, the government issued a decree that granted a 10-year Temporary Protective Status to the 1.7 million Venezuelans living in Colombia, providing them access to formal work, healthcare, and education for children. The Ministry of Labor conducted trainings for new and veteran inspectors and the Colombian Institute for Family Well-Being coordinated the "Pact for Growth and Employment Generation in Agro-Industrial Sugarcane," a public-private roundtable that addresses the protection of child rights, including preventing child labor. The Inter-Agency Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons also completed its evaluation of the 2018 national action plan and launched the new National Strategy for the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons (2020–2024). Furthermore, the government launched a new program, "Generación Sacúdete," which worked with 28,096 children and adolescents in 898 municipalities across 31 departments to help develop life goals. However, children in Colombia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation and illicit activities, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The government does not employ a sufficient number of labor inspectors. Research also indicates that existing social programs are insufficient to address the scope of the worst forms of child labor in Colombia.

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