Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, Comoros made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Comoros ratified the Forced Labor Protocol, which commits the country to taking effective measures to prevent forced labor, protect victims, and ensure victim access to judicial recourse. The government also modified its Penal Code to increase penalties for the use of children in drug trafficking and opened a new center in Grand Comore for vulnerable and abused children. However, children in Comoros are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced labor in agriculture. Children also perform dangerous tasks in domestic work. Comoros' Labor Code only applies to workers with a formal work agreement, leaving child laborers, particularly those in the informal sector, vulnerable to exploitation. In addition, the legal framework defines child trafficking as requiring the use of force, fraud, or coercion, which does not conform with international standards. Finally, Comoros lacks a national action plan to address the worst forms of child labor.

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