Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Côte d'Ivoire

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Côte d'Ivoire
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2018, Côte d’Ivoire made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government developed a new 2018–2020 National Action Plan of the Fight Against Trafficking, Exploitation, and Child Labor, and drafted a National Labor Inspection Strategy. The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire signed a memorandum of understanding for carrying out applied research on child labor in cocoa-growing areas, and opened a child protection center that houses and provides education, medical care, counseling, and vocational training to victims of child labor. The government also took enforcement actions against violations of the worst forms of child labor, including sentencing a child trafficker to 3 years in prison. However, children in Côte d’Ivoire engage in the worst forms of child labor in the harvesting of cocoa and coffee, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Gaps remain in resources, personnel, and training for law enforcement, which hindered child labor law enforcement efforts. Furthermore, the labor inspectorate is not authorized to assess penalties.

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