Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

India

Bidis (Hand-Rolled Cigarettes)
Bidis (Hand-Rolled Cigarettes)
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Brassware
Brassware
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Bricks
Bricks
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Carpets
Carpets
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Cotton
Cotton
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Cottonseed (Hybrid)
Cottonseed (Hybrid)
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Embellished Textiles
Embellished Textiles
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Fireworks
Fireworks
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Footwear
Footwear
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Garments
Garments
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Gems
Gems
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Glass Bangles
Glass Bangles
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Incense (Agarbatti)
Incense (Agarbatti)
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Leather Goods/Accessories
Leather Goods/Accessories
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Locks
Locks
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Matches
Matches
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Mica
Mica
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Rice
Rice
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sandstone
Sandstone
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Silk Fabric
Silk Fabric
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Silk Thread
Silk Thread
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Soccer Balls
Soccer Balls
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Stones
Stones
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Sugarcane
Sugarcane
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Thread/Yarn
Thread/Yarn
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India
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, India made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the national government disbursed $13.5 million in funding to expand Anti-Human Trafficking Units from 332 districts to all 732 districts, and provided additional training and resources to existing units. In March 2020, the Government of Karnataka released comprehensive standard operating procedures on human trafficking in collaboration with civil society organizations. The standard operating procedures cover sex trafficking, child beggary, child labor, and bonded labor. In addition, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, which included workplace safety standards for children ages 14–18, was passed in September 2020. However, children in India are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in garment production, stone quarrying, and brickmaking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in the production of thread and yarn. India also does not meet the international standard for the prohibition of military recruitment by non-state armed groups. Research has found that that no illegal shelter homes were shut down during the reporting period. Research has also found that complicit government officials were not held accountable for helping to operate illegal shelter homes—no criminal cases were initiated against government officials in 2020. Hazardous work prohibitions do not include all occupations in which children work for long periods of time in unsafe and unhealthy environments, and penalties for employing children are insufficient to deter violations. The government also did not publicly release information on its labor law enforcement and criminal law enforcement efforts.

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