Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2021, Djibouti made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Labor began discussions with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Women and Families about the creation of a formal mechanism to refer children found in child labor to appropriate social services. In addition, the labor inspectorate targeted inspections in the restaurant and construction sectors, in which child labor is believed to be more prevalent. However, children in Djibouti 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 street work. Minimum age provisions apply only to children with a formal employment contract, which does not comply with international standards. In addition, the government did not make adequate efforts to enforce laws related to the worst forms of child labor due to lack of financial and human resource allocations and reporting mechanisms. Finally, the government did not publish data on labor law or criminal law enforcement efforts for inclusion in this report.

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