Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Jordan made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Labor’s Child Labor Unit established and began using an electronic child labor monitoring system to coordinate government and civil society efforts to remove children from child labor and provide them with services. Moreover, the government increased the number of families receiving assistance through the National Aid Fund, a program that provides cash transfers conditioned on families re-enrolling working children in school. In addition, the government continued to provide shelter, educational, and financial services to children engaged in child labor. However, children in Jordan engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in street work. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Insufficient resources hampered the Ministry of Labor’s capacity to ensure compliance with child labor laws in the agricultural sector. Moreover, and despite government efforts, Syrian children still face barriers to accessing education due to socioeconomic pressures, bullying, and costs associated with transportation and supplies, among other issues. In addition, the government did not conduct investigations on cases related to the worst forms of child labor, including forced begging or commercial sexual exploitation of children, even though there is evidence of these worst forms of child labor. 

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