Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Ecuador

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2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2020, Ecuador made significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion provided assistance to approximately 11,530 children and adolescents vulnerable to child labor and the Attorney General's Office indicted 39 individuals for child labor crimes. In addition, the Technical Secretariat for the Lifetime Plan sent out technical brigades to remote areas in all provinces to assist with medical checkups and other social services for children. The Ministry of Labor also signed a Framework Agreement for Inter-Institutional Cooperation with the Association of Municipalities of Ecuador to implement public policies and programs aimed at the prevention and eradication of child labor. Finally, technical teams from the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion visited 8,425 families to help keep children in school despite the partial lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, children in Ecuador 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 dangerous tasks in mining. The labor inspectorate continues to lack sufficient resources and children continue to face barriers to education, especially in rural areas.

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