Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Mauritius

Mauritius
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Mauritius made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government implemented a National Sports Policy that created a structured after-school program for children. It also increased its labor inspections by 200 percent and approved a Special Education Needs Bill, which will reduce barriers to education for children with special needs. However, children in Mauritius engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labor in construction, vending, and working in apparel shops and restaurants. The government lacks a national policy to address all relevant worst forms of child labor. The Coordinating Committee on Child Labor, established in 2017, is no longer active and social programs to combat child labor are insufficient to address the extent of the problem.

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