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
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, El Salvador made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government published results from its Annual Multipurpose Household Survey, which identifies child labor prevalence in the country. The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare also significantly increased fines assessed for labor violations and criminal law enforcement agencies investigated 45 cases of child commercial sexual exploitation. In addition, the National Council for Children established an emergency hotline to receive reports of child abuse, including child labor. However, children in El Salvador engage in 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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