Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Congo, Republic of the

Congo, Republic of the
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, the Republic of the Congo made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government conducted its first-ever nationwide child labor survey in coordination with the United Nations Children's Fund. The government also renewed a bilateral agreement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo that formalized regular bilateral collaboration to support trafficking victims and share information on suspected traffickers. In addition, the implementation of ministerial decrees aimed at protecting indigenous peoples' rights continued to result in an increase in the number of indigenous children enrolled in the school system. However, children in the Republic of the Congo are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and forced domestic work. The government has yet to accede to the Palermo Protocol on Trafficking in Persons, and existing programs are not sufficient to address the scope of child labor in all relevant sectors. In addition, the country lacks a national policy to address child labor.

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