Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2020, Costa Rica made significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In November, the government ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930. The government also provided updated statistics on child labor prevalence and published the first findings of its Child Labor Risk Identification Model. In addition, the Attorney General published disaggregated data on efforts to combat the worst forms of child labor, and the Office for the Eradication of Child Labor and Protection of the Adolescent Worker began drafting a new National Action Plan to combat the worst forms of child labor. However, children in Costa Rica are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labor in agriculture, including in the production of coffee. Furthermore, existing social programs are not accessible to workers in all sectors, and the labor inspectorate lacks a sufficient number of inspectors.

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