Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Dominican Republic

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Baked Goods
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Coffee
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Rice
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Sugarcane
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Tomatoes
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Dominican Republic
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, the Dominican Republic made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government significantly increased the Labor Inspectorate's budget from $3.3 million in 2017 to $4.8 million in 2018. The government also approved the 2017 - 2020 National Action Plan against Human Trafficking and Illicit Smuggling of Migrants and continued to fund and participate in multiple programs that include the goal of eliminating or preventing child labor, including expanding the Extended School Day program to cover 1.3 million students. However, children in the Dominican Republic engage in 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, and inadequate assistance for children engaged in harmful agricultural work and commercial sexual exploitation.

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