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
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2018, El Salvador made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government extended its National Action Plan for the Protection of Children and Adolescents into 2019 and modified its process for granting adolescents work permits, both with the goal of aligning laws and policies with international standards and national legislation. El Salvador also published its Annual Household Survey with data on child labor, as well as a guide highlighting efforts to combat child labor in the sugarcane industry. In addition, the government launched the local government component of its Sustainable Families Strategy in 16 municipalities and implemented an inter-agency protocol to improve coordination of services for human trafficking victims. However, children in El Salvador engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in illicit activities, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the harvesting of coffee. Law enforcement agencies continue to lack sufficient resources to fully enforce child labor laws.

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