In 2016, the Cook Islands made a minimal advancement in efforts to prevent the worst forms of child labor. The Government continued its participation in the UN Development Assistance Framework for the Pacific Region, which includes youth initiatives related to access to education and security in the Cook Islands. Although research found no evidence that child labor, including its worst forms, exists in the Cook Islands, gaps in the Government’s legal framework may make children more vulnerable to being exploited for the production of pornography or pornographic performances and being used in illicit activities.
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