Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Jordan made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. In 2020, for the first time, the Ministry of Labor conducted 850 targeted child labor inspections in the agricultural sector throughout the country. It also developed a new website and mobile phone application that, once operational, will allow the public to report cases of child labor, which will then be logged into the National Child Labor Database. In addition, the Minister of Labor launched the Program to End the Worst Forms of Child Labor in Zarqa and Amman. However, children in Jordan are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. 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 the costs associated with transportation and supplies, among other issues. In addition, research was unable to determine whether criminal law enforcement agencies in Jordan conducted investigations on cases related to the worst forms of child labor despite evidence of these worst forms of child labor.

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