Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Fiji

Fiji
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Fiji made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government successfully prosecuted a case of domestic child trafficking, resulting in the first conviction of its kind since 2014. The Fiji police also formalized its Human Trafficking Unit and hired seven dedicated officers. In addition, the Ministry of Employment, Productivity, and Industrial Relations allocated $160,000 to combat child labor, particularly in the sugarcane industry. However, children in Fiji 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. In addition, there are no criminal prohibitions against the recruitment of children by non-state armed groups. 

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