Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Haiti made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government adopted the National Social Protection and Promotion Policy that aims to build institutional resilience for social protection against economic shocks and health crises, including efforts to identify and remove children from work and provide vocational training for youth. It also established task forces to combat human trafficking in three provinces, and collected data from 83 organizations to develop an interactive map of service providers for victims of human trafficking in the West, North-East, and Central Plateau regions. However, children in Haiti are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children in Haiti also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture and domestic work. Minimum age protections for work apply only to children with a formal employment contract, which does not comply with international standards requiring all children to be protected. In addition, Haiti lacks a clear, easily applicable minimum age for domestic work and a list of hazardous occupations prohibited to children. Likewise, labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties and social programs to combat child labor are insufficient to adequately address the extent of the problem.

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