Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Guatemala

Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Significant Advancement

In 2016, Guatemala made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government drafted a Roadmap for the Prevention and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor, conducted targeted child labor inspections, and carried out five nationwide inspection plans that included identifying child labor violations. The Government re-established the Inter-institutional Committee Against Trafficking and partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which works directly with technology companies to obtain tips about child trafficking and pornography. The Government also passed a law restoring administrative sanction authority to the Ministry of Labor. However, children in Guatemala perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children are also engaged in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The lack of  sufficient labor inspectors and vehicles and inability to assess fines, coupled with inadequate judicial enforcement of court orders, limited the Government's capacity 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 working in domestic service or agriculture.

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