Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

El Salvador

Baked Goods
Baked Goods
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Cattle
Cattle
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Cereal Grains
Cereal Grains
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Coffee
Coffee
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Fireworks
Fireworks
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Shellfish
Shellfish
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Sugarcane
Sugarcane
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El Salvador
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, El Salvador made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Multiple government agencies worked with the International Labor Organization to prepare the 2019 report "New Forms of Child Labor: Use and Recruitment of Boys, Girls and Adolescents for Illicit Gang Activities in El Salvador," which evaluates the relationship between gangs and children to highlight the worst forms of child labor. The government also published results from its Annual Multipurpose Household Survey, which identifies child labor prevalence in the country. Furthermore, the government made publicly available the labor inspectorate's level of funding and increased the number of labor inspectors from 107 to 124. However, children in El Salvador are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation and in illicit activities, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the harvesting of coffee. Law enforcement agencies continued to lack sufficient resources to enforce child labor laws throughout the country. Gaps also remained related to the implementation of key policies to address child labor.

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