Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Guyana

Guyana
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2021, Guyana made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government increased its number of inspectors from 17 to 22, exceeding the International Labor Organization's recommendation of 19 inspectors. Guyana also added $250,000 to the country's national budget to fund a shelter that serves adults and children who are survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. However, children in Guyana 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 mining. Guyana does not meet the international standard for hazardous work for children because it allows children ages 16 to 17 to conduct night work in industrial activities. In addition, law enforcement agencies have insufficient resources to conduct inspections in remote areas, including a lack of transportation and accommodation.

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