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
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2019, Guatemala made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government introduced new protections for adolescent workers to ensure that they do not participate in the worst forms of child labor. Guatemala also adopted the new Model for Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents, a multi-agency mechanism designed to provide care for child trafficking victims. In addition, government agencies began implementing the Child Labor Risk Identification Model, which is designed to identify child labor vulnerabilities and develop strategies in response. Furthermore, Guatemala developed a monitoring and evaluation tool in anticipation of a new national action plan to combat child labor and launched the next phase of its Blue Heart campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. However, children in Guatemala are engaged 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, such as in the production of coffee. The lack of a sufficient 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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