Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports


2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Law that Delayed Advancement

Although research found no evidence that child labor exists in Montserrat, in 2021, the government made minimal advancement in efforts to prevent the worst forms of child labor. The government issued one-time cash payments to families with children as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts. However, Montserrat is assessed as having made only minimal advancement because it continued to implement a law that delays advancement to prevent the worst forms of child labor. Labor inspectors do not have the authority to conduct unannounced inspections, as they must obtain either the business owner's consent or a search warrant in order to enter a business for the purposes of performing an inspection. The lack of unannounced inspections may leave potential violations of child labor laws and other labor abuses undetected in workplaces. Additionally, the government has not determined by national law or regulation the types of hazardous work prohibited for children. In addition, the law does not prohibit the recruitment of children by non-state armed groups or the use of children in illicit activities.

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