Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Honduras

Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Honduras

2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2016, Honduras made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government adopted a Strategic Plan to Prevent and Eliminate Child Labor for 2016–2020 and a Strategic Plan to Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking for 2016–2022. The Secretariat of Labor and Social Security increased the number of labor inspectors from 135 to 151 to better enforce labor laws, including those on child labor, throughout the country. In addition, the Ministry of Education invested $3.5 million to build schools in some of the poorest municipalities, where children are at risk of child labor. However, children in Honduras engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in agriculture and commercial sexual exploitation as a result of human trafficking. The Secretariat of Labor and Social Security did not provide training on child labor to all labor inspectors. The Government’s social programs that address child labor in agriculture do not appear sufficient to address the scope of the problem nationwide, and the Government lacks social programs to eliminate child labor in other dangerous activities, such as fishing, mining, and domestic work.

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