Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Panama

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2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Panama made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government drafted modifications to its hazardous work regulations, significantly increased its number of labor inspectors, and established a Regional Headquarters in Coclé to target child labor in areas outside the capital city. It also launched a national initiative to prevent violence against children, which includes the goal of eliminating child labor, and conducted a new study on child work, child labor, and the worst forms of child labor. However, children in Panama engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Although the government made meaningful efforts in all relevant areas, Panamanian law allows minors under age 16 to engage in hazardous work within training establishments, in violation of international standards. Moreover, the Labor Inspectorate lacks the authority to collect fines for labor violations, limiting its capacity to enforce laws on the worst forms of child labor.

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