Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Honduras

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Honduras
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Honduras made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The National Congress approved a new penal code that updates penalties for human trafficking. The Secretariat of Labor and Social Security (STSS) also released a new national strategy for its labor inspectorate, and the Inter-agency Commission against Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons obtained administrative and budget autonomy. As part of implementing its Roadmap to Eliminate Child Labor, Honduras installed a National Council for Youth and Adolescents, and the country became only the second in Central America to join the Regional Action Group for the Americas against the Sexual Exploitation of Girls, Boys and Adolescents in Tourism Travel. Although the government made meaningful efforts in all relevant areas during the reporting period, it did not provide information about criminal law enforcement efforts related to the worst forms of child labor, limiting the ability to assess the adequacy of its criminal enforcement. Children in Honduras engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation as a result of human trafficking and recruitment by gangs into illicit activities. Children also engage in child labor in agriculture. Labor and criminal law enforcement agencies experience financial and human resource challenges that may hinder adequate law enforcement. In addition, 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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