Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Georgia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government passed the 2018 Law on Occupational Safety to allow unannounced inspections in harmful, hazardous, and heavy industries, and carried out 90 unannounced inspections in these industries during the reporting period. The 2019 Law on Occupational Safety grants labor inspectors the ability to enter any business for occupational health and safety reasons without prior notification starting in late 2019. The government also approved a National Action Plan on Human Trafficking for 2019–2020 to protect and integrate street children through issuing identity documents and inclusive education. However, children in Georgia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. The labor inspectorate is allowed to conduct unannounced inspections only in harmful, hazardous, and heavy industries, and requires a court order to inspect all other businesses in the country. In addition, the compulsory education age leaves 15-year-old children vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor, as they are not required to be in school but are not legally permitted to work full time.

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