Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2021, Papua New Guinea made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting period, the government continued with rescue and enforcement efforts and joined UNICEF's Pathfinding program, which is a global partnership to end violence against children. However, children in Papua New Guinea are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in mining and deep-sea fishing. Papua New Guinea's hazardous work prohibitions do not comply with international standards that require all children under age 18 to be protected from work that could jeopardize their health and safety, nor do its laws prohibit using, procuring, or offering a child for illicit activities, including for the production and trafficking of drugs. Schools continued charging fees as a result of not receiving promised government subsidies needed for education to remain free and accessible for all children. In addition, insufficient resources hampered the labor inspectorate’s capacity to enforce child labor laws. Papua New Guinea has not conducted a nationwide survey of child labor and does not collect data on its efforts to enforce it labor laws. The Government of Papua New Guinea did not respond to requests for information on its law enforcement efforts for inclusion in this report.

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