Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Guyana

Guyana
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Guyana made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In August 2018, the government established, within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, a trafficking in persons unit responsible for registering and categorizing local and foreign workers, including children, in the hinterland. The government also approved the National Policy on Child Labor that aims to eradicate child labor by 2025, and contributed $300,000 to NGO-run shelters for human trafficking victims. However, children in Guyana continue to engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in mining and in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Law enforcement agencies have insufficient financial and human resources to enforce laws related to child labor, including its worst forms, and existing laws do not fully prohibit using children in certain forms of child labor. Moreover, the government does not have targeted social programs to fully address the extent of the child labor problem in the country.

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