Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2022 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2022, Georgia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Labor Inspectorate created a group of expert labor inspectors to identify instances of forced labor and trafficking for labor exploitation and opened branch offices in Batumi and Kutaisi to increase its operational presence in Western Georgia. The Prosecutor’s Office adopted a new strategy for 2022–2027 to increase efforts to identify and effectively prosecute child trafficking and labor exploitation by using a victim-centered approach. In addition, the government approved a new National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights in Georgia for 2022–2030, with a focus on protection of the rights of certain vulnerable groups, including children. However, children in Georgia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including forced begging. Children also engage in agricultural labor. Georgia's minimum age for work does not meet international standards because it does not apply to children working in the informal sector. The Criminal Code does not explicitly prohibit the use of children in illicit activities. Furthermore, lack of effective coordination between the entities involved in addressing human trafficking hinders efforts to adequately assist child victims.

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