Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Congo, Republic of the

Congo, Republic of the
2022 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2022, the Republic of the Congo made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government established a Child Protection Action Plan, which includes measures for assisting child trafficking survivors. In addition, child labor data were published in June 2022, resulting from a nationwide study carried out by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity in coordination with the United Nations Children's Fund. 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. Children also perform dangerous tasks such as working in mines and stone quarries. The government has yet to accede to the Palermo Protocol on Trafficking in Persons, and existing social 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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