Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Guatemala

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Broccoli
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Coffee
Coffee
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Corn
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Fireworks
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Gravel (Crushed Stones)
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Sugarcane
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Guatemala
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Guatemala made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government created the Inter-Institutional Coordinating Entity Against Labor Exploitation and Child Labor, a new coordinating body aimed at identifying and providing support to victims of human trafficking. It also publicized a WhatsApp number and e-mail address for reporting concerns related to human trafficking, labor exploitation, and the worst forms of child labor. In addition, the government prosecuted 36 cases of alleged child labor crimes and obtained 12 convictions. Guatemala also completed the implementation of the first phase of the Child Labor Risk Identification Model, which is designed to identify child labor vulnerabilities and develop strategies in response. As a result, analysis on risk and protection factors associated with the probability of child labor were developed for the 340 municipalities of the country. However, children in Guatemala are subjected to 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, including in the production of coffee. The insufficient number of labor inspectors and resources limited the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare's ability to combat the worst forms of child labor. In addition, existing social programs are insufficient to reach all children engaged in exploitative labor and, in particular, do not target children engaged in domestic work or agriculture.

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