Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, the Dominican Republic made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government established the Oportunidad 14–24 program, with the aim of reintegrating high-risk and socially vulnerable adolescents and young people into technical or vocational education and training programs. To address the education challenges produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government procured 800,000 tablets and laptops to facilitate instruction, as well as distributed booklets with academic content and activities to nearly two million students. The Attorney General's Office also obtained three convictions against individuals for criminal violations related to the worst forms of child labor. However, children in the Dominican Republic are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Other gaps remain, including limited human and financial resources for the enforcement of child labor laws. Labor inspectors also lack the authority to assess penalties for violations related to child labor.

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