Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Guyana

Guyana
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Guyana made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government established a new Ministry of Labor, which monitors, investigates, and enforces child labor law in collaboration with other government agencies. Guyana also published a National Child Labor Policy with a corresponding national action plan, and it launched a new nationwide trafficking in persons hotline. 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 engage in dangerous tasks in mining. 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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