Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Guatemala

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Broccoli
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Coffee
Coffee
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Corn
Corn
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Fireworks
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Gravel (Crushed Stones)
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Sugarcane
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Guatemala
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2021, Guatemala made significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government established Mobile Units for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Human Trafficking Program in order to provide services and raise awareness on human trafficking in rural and remote communities. The Public Ministry also opened two new regional prosecutor's offices that will prosecute cases related to trafficking in persons, expanding access to justice for victims. Furthermore, the government amended legislation to increase the reach and budget of the school feeding program by 57 percent, making it available to all students enrolled in public school. Together with UNICEF and Survivors' Foundation, the government launched three new tools aimed at protecting children online. Moreover, Guatemala signed a cooperation agreement with the governments of El Salvador and Honduras to strengthen efforts against trafficking in persons. 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. An insufficient number of labor inspectors and resources limited the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare's ability to combat 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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