Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2019, Maldives made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government passed a new Child Rights Protection Act, which takes steps to ensure compliance with international child protection laws and standards. In addition, the National Anti-Human Trafficking Steering Committee met for the first time in more than 2 years. However, although research is limited, there is evidence that children in Maldives engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced labor in domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The government has not determined specific hazardous occupations or activities that are prohibited for children, and the law does not sufficiently prohibit the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Moreover, the government does not have a policy or program that addresses all relevant worst forms of child labor in the country.

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